Digital Construction Platform (DCP)
Digital Construction Platform (DCP)
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Digital Construction Platform (DCP)

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updatedMar 31, 2021
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An automated 3D printing tool used to build architectural forms.
An automated 3D printing tool used to build architectural forms.

An automated 3D printing tool used to build architectural forms. It is composed of two robotic arms; one used for gross positioning and the other for fine positioning, enabling oscillation compensation, and a platform attached to the ground with a bandwidth of 10 meters. The platform allows mobility for large-scale digital construction, moving along the electrically powered train with a diesel backup alternative. Some examples are also powered with lithium batteries. Current prototypes use concrete and sand as printing materials.

Gender Equality

Challenges

  • Currently, a male-dominated industry with few women participating; in general, 3D printing is still a non-diverse field. This could prevent women from entering and joining new architectural projects if this type of technology becomes the status-quo more rapidly than social integration.

  • Urban sustainability is only achievable when the lives and diversity of its residents are taken into account throughout the planning and design of housing while remaining respectful of ecological impacts.

Opportunities

  • Helps create gender-minded spaces in order to guarantee the safety and physical integrity of women on a larger scale.