3D printing is able to bring about a lot of change, with many processes still evolving and coming to fruition amidst other industries that now use the technology commonly.
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3D printing is able to bring about a lot of change, with many processes still evolving and coming to fruition amidst other industries that now use the technology commonly. What’s amazing is when we see its true potential for throwing out the arduous traditional and ushering in the streamlined future. For instance, could you imagine saying goodbye to road construction as we know it? Goodbye to staring at the man with the ‘slow’ flag, goodbye to orange cones and slow zones and doubled speeding fines, and goodbye to surprise delays. And hello to paving roads the right way. We’ve heard a lot of talk about how 3D printing will be able to benefit construction in a large way, but for the most part that has seemed far off in terms of transforming infrastructure. In less than a month, a Kickstarter campaign will kick off for the world’s first 3D printed asphalt paver. Advanced Paving Technologies, Inc., working with the UC Davis Pavement Research Center, has created a 3D asphalt machine which will not only offer a much better quality of road, it will also improve on the current methods of road construction substantially. With Kickstarter, they hope to raise at least $50K as the paver heads through development and prototyping. The benefits are enormous, and apply to the environment as well, considering how many of us sit in long delays with the engine idling, just wasting fossil fuels. The paver has been publicly endorsed by the University of Washington, UC Davis Pavement Research Center, The Transtec Group, and Century Construction. Overall Benefits Expected from using this new technology:
- Faster road rehabilitation
- Less funds spent on maintenance
- Better urban and rural traffic flow
- Less carbon emissions from road work and nearby traffic congestion
- Less road related damage to cars and trucks
- Increased options for paving contractors
- Smoother, safer roads, also offering better gas mileage
The 3D paver, which will be in ‘core research’ at UC Davis Pavement Research Center until spring of 2016, after which they hope to have a prototype ready, funded by their upcoming Kickstarter campaign, which launches on October 15th.