WAAM for Architecture & Construction

Robotic WAAM offers solutions to produce complex components while leveraging the benefits of freedom of design. WAAM is one of the key solutions to the current challenges in the construction sector, as it gradually advances to become a more sustainable, flexible, and automated.

Industry value

The architecture and construction industries often collaborate complex features and intricate geometries to meet a series of performance demands. Robotic WAAM allows more optimized geometries, with scope for greater innovation and design freedom.

The solution can improve the structural connections, performance, reducing the likelihood of defects. Integration of CAD design makes WAAM a suitable technology for the architecture and construction industry.

On-site 3D printing can also help reduce waste on the construction sites, serving as a good stepping stone into a more sustainable future.

KEY BENEFITS

Increasing Design Freedom & Flexibility

Enhance Customization
Low Manufacturing Limitation
Enhance Computational and Biomimicry Design

Increasing Structural & Production Efficiency

Improve Accuracy
Reduce Material, Labor & Assembly Costs
Improve Speed & Lead time

Innovation Pioneer

Digital & Intelligent Fabrication
Reduce CO2, Material Consumption & Wastage
BIM & CAD Integration

Industrial Application

MX3D Bridge

MX3D 3D printed a fully functional stainless steel bridge to cross one of the oldest and most famous canals in the center of Amsterdam.

The MX3D Bridge is designed by Joris Laarman Lab, engineered by Arup, and expertise is provided by ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, Heijmans, Lenovo, ABB, Air Liquide & Oerlikon, Plymovent, and TU Delft. Municipality of Amsterdam is the first customer of our collaborative bridge building department.

Industry Application

Takenaka Steel Connector

Takenaka project shows the progress in the production of highly customized and engineered steel connectors using robotic WAAM, with the goal to automate both the design and production of complex components for large structures in the architecture industry.

The Duplex stainless steel Connector’s net weight is 40Kg reaching up to 45Kg after its hollow core was filled with approximately 2.5 liters of mortar.

Industry Application

Optimized Truss

A set of optimized metal trusses has been 3D-printed with robotic WAAM based on an end-to-end framework for additive manufacturing by the INTEGRADDE consortium. The optimization-initiated workflow incorporates detailed design and FE verification steps performed prior to additive manufacturing with robotic Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).

Together with the INTEGRADDE partners, MX3D has developed an innovative production strategy of continuous and integral control of the WAAM process, from product design to final verification, in-line quality assurance for the manufacturing of certified metal parts, and addressing mass customization manufacturing approach

Industry Application

ESA Lunar Floor

Together with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Skidmore, Owings & Merril (SOM), MX3D developed and produced a 1:1 scale, optimized, 3D printed floor structure for the LunarVillage.

It shows the potential of our robotic WAAM technology to create approved, lightweight & complex structures. Now even faster and more reliable due to our in-process MetalXL Control System.

Print Styles & Texture

MX3D, with a proven record of working with designers, offers multiple print solutions and strategies to support and enhance the ideas. The print strategy extends from line printing, dot printing, and mesh to explore the best use of material, technology, and textures for the designer’s geometry and wishes.

Materials

With over 20,000 kg of metal 3D printed objects and over 57 man-years of experience since 2014, MX3D is the company that manages the quality of design for various materials including bronze, aluminum, stainless steel.

MX3D offers a wide range of manual or robotic finishing, such as sandblasting, polishing, painting, coating, milling, and grinding.

Certification & Qualification

To ensure the safety and quality of fully printed structures such as the MX3D Bridge and Takenaka’s Structural Steel Connector, the parts undergo rigorous testing by MX3D’s partners such as Imperial College London, Bologna University, and Lloyd’s Register.

MX3D produces parts with similar or higher mechanical properties comparable to those of cast or wrought material. By adopting the international standards, MX3D manages the quality of parts for various industries and applications.

Partners Certification & Qualification

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