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posted by LaminatorX on Monday September 01 2014, @12:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the tiny-castles-movement dept.

Spotted over at

In Minnesota, contractor Andrey Rudenko is currently working on a project of gargantuan proportions that seems to be stretching and exploring the limits of 3D printing technology. Using a printer that was substantially modified and expanded, he has printed a concrete castle in his own backyard. And at 3 by 5 meters, this concrete structure is the world's first 3D printed concrete castle, and one of the largest objects that has, up till now, ever printed with 3D printing technology.

Also 3dprint has more details on the capabilities of the printer and some additional information from Andrey.

Go to Andrey's homepage for more pictures of the castle construction, news links and printer details.

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Monday September 01 2014, @06:49PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @06:49PM (#88158) Journal

    rebar stakes tossed in and grouted into place during construction,

    Come on VLM, I'm sure you've been around long enough to know about the actual purpose or proper utilization of rebar?
    Tossing random rebar in adds nothing but fault planes to the concrete.
    Here's some clues [] if you are laboring under the misconception that just tossing them in is acceptable.

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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Monday September 01 2014, @06:57PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @06:57PM (#88161)

    Well, yeah, I was exaggerating a bit WRT they're installed by hand not magically 3-d printed.

    If you have to do a substantial amount of hand work or rework you're better off not 3-d printing and just doing it by hand, especially if precision is unneeded at that stage. I would imagine the castle walls would get rebar work done by hand and then stucco applied to the surfaces by hand, and by that point you're better off going ICF (by hand) and pouring (by hand) to save the cost of the robot.