A professor at Oklahoma State University is developing new technology for creating concrete structures using large 3D printers, a local ABC affiliate reported this week.
Vehicle-mounted devices that extrude concrete are intended to democratize building technology, professors said.
“Most 3D printers that are out there are huge, big expensive machines that most people couldn’t afford or couldn’t use. But vehicles are all over the place,” OSU professor Tyler Ley, who teaches at the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, told KOCO 5. “So, why not make a printer we can use on those existing equipment out there to let them use what they already have to rent structures and buildings and a bunch of stuff like that.”
According to Ley’s website, his research interests include “concrete durability and sustainability” and “construction engineering with an emphasis on providing equivalent or superior structural systems through innovative methods and materials that increase speed, constructability, and economy,” among other concrete projects.
A video created by KOCO 5 shows the technology in action.