What makes apis-cor 3D printer unique

Mobile printer is an efficient operational unit. A smart machine that can be easily delivered  to the site, requires minimum time and energy to start working in the field. It does it work full 100 percent.  

By “hiring” a printer for work you free some of your resources. You save on labor costs, dealing with construction waste, renting construction machinery, tools, house finishing. 

One printer can replace a whole team of construction workers, saving time without loss of quality.

APIS COR 3D PRINTER FEATURES

“Apis Cor“ Mobile 3D printer prints while remaining inside of the building. While having small dimensions it is easily transported and doesn’t require a long preliminary preparation before construction.

1 mobile crane
for printer transport

Printer has compact dimensions of 4×1,6×1,5 m. Weighs 2 tons — like a common SUV. These factors allows for its convenient transportation.

2 people required for operation control and material supply

We have maximally automated the printer operation thus minimizing human errors.

We’ve also developed special software for printer control which doesn’t have analogs in the world. 

8 KW of power consumed by operating printer

This is as much power as is needed for 5 electrical teapots working simultaneously.

3D PRINTING IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Quick, eco-friendly and cheap. Construction can be like this if you trust all the hard work to smart machines and use new technologies.

Since 2000 in America, China, Russia and other countries started developing the use of 3D printing in construction industry. But we are the first to start building houses not from the outside, but from the inside.

To print a house from the outside a portal type 3D printer is required. These printers are bulky, heavy and equal in size to the house itself. Before starting construction using such printers companies have to do a serious work: first they need to transport parts of the printer to site, and then assemble it and set it up for work.

30 minutes required for installation and set-up

Thanks to the stabilization system implemented as two active counterweights it’s possible to  install the printer without attaching in on any surface with no need for preliminary site preparation.

All preparations basically include providing power source for the printer and attaching it to printing mixture supply line: concrete, geopolymer, fiber concrete.

132 m² printing zone

Printer itself is a rotating manipulator art that is capable of covering the area from a single point, limited by the size of extendable arm.

To increase the printing zone it’s sufficient to simply move the printer from one point and start construction in the other.

0 kg construction waste

Printer constructs a building with fiber concrete or geopolymer. Mixture is supplied in preset doses and with precise timing. Machine prints layer by layer and doesn’t leave any excess waste that would require cleanup.

Horizontal stabilization

Printer has an automatic horizontal stabilization system. 
 
Every cylinder is attached to a separate hydraulic pump with servo control. Сcylinder positioning precision - 0,1 mm. Equipment automatically stabilizes horizontally with precision inclinometer and PID controller.

HOW DO WE SAVE UP CONSTRUCTION COSTS

General costs economy per project totals up to 40% in comparison with a regular concrete building. We offer a pricing per square meter which none of the quality housing construction companies can provide.

Foundation works  — minus 15%

Printer prints a retained framework for foundation, in which reinforcing armatures are installed and heavy concrete is poured in. 

Building frame construction — minus 25%

Machine builds a retained framework for a ferroconcrete base, self bearing walls and partitions. With ferroconcrete as its core the building has all the engineering calculations methods  readily available.  

Outer and inner finishing – minus 60%

Printer prints walls with machine precision and makes them even and smooth. Roughing stage can be skipped straight to final finishing.

Services — minus 20%

We plan the layout of electrical junctions, engineering systems and nodes within the house in advance. Then we upload the project in the software and get a ready blueprint for laying down inner services. 

Logistics — minus 20-30%

By reducing a considerable amount of additional work there is no need for extra tools and materials. 3D printing technology lowers general material consumption of construction.

PRINTED HOUSE ADVANTAGES
  • House has even floors and walls – ready to be painted.
  • No construction waste on building site.
  • Free selection of wall thickness and configuration
  • Building has better insulation properties thanks to air pockets within walls.
  • House is unaffected by weather conditions due to special mix additives.
  • Building cost is lower than that of its regular concrete counterpart.
  • Walls can be additionally insulated with any suitable materials.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Max. operation area 132 m²
Max. height from a single point 3100 mm
Output  100 m2 of effective area per 24 hours
Working movement speed 1 – 10 m/min
Idling speed X/ Y 20.000 mm/min 
Positioning precision ±0,5 mm
Repeated positioning precision 0,1–0,2 mm
X / Y / Z axis drive servodrive
X / Y axis linear guides precision profile
Z axis positioning precision 0,1-0,2 mm
Automatic horizontal stabilization High-precision inclinometer 0.0001 degree
Reverse switches non-contact on all axes
Extrusion head position tracking gyroscope and laser rangefinder
Spatial stabilization PID controller
Length 4–8,5 m
Width 1,6 m
Height 1,5 m
Weight 2,0 t

Automated mixing and pump system

With automated mixing and pump system process of printing in executed with machine precision. Precalculated and stable proportions of components allows to produce a construction mixture with guaranteed quality.

Efficient mixing

Our mixing system allows an excellent mixture quality. It handles big volumes of material with ease, providing an optimal flow speed and supply proportions of printing mixture.

Ease of use

The mixer is extremely easy to use. It has a handy panel with comprehensive indication and logical error code display.

Fast cleaning

Mixer structure includes polyurethane components which, unlike metallic ones, allow to avoid caking of mixture. By reducing the amount of sediment on mixer surfaces cleaning procedures require less time and effort.

Increased durability

Combination of plated and polyurethane components greatly increases mixer durability.

 

Media about us

  • This start-up will 3D print your house… for $10K. A company says its 3D-printer will print a house. Fast and cheap.

    The Washington Post

  • Thanks to the 3D printing revolution, one company was able to "build" a tiny home in just 24 hours.

    TIME

  • Why 3-D Printed Homes May Save Lives As Well As the Environment.

    NBC News

  • As we start to 3D-print everything — including houses, of all things — it's pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours.

    Mashable

  • If you’re looking to move but can’t find the house of your dreams, you may be able to just print out what you’re after in the near future.

    QUARTZ

  • The $10,000 home that can be 3D printed in just 24 hours:  Watch the 400-square-foot concrete house take shape in just a day

    MAIL Online

  • Though 3D-printed architecture is still in its relative infancy, we're already at the point that printing a basic house is feasible.

    NEW ATLAS

  • The next phase of 3D printing is to move on to things that are big. Really big. Like, as big as a house.

    SingularityHub

  • 3D printing construction company Apis Cor has completed the first ever on-site printed house in Russia.

    designboom

  • Apis Cor, a company dedicated to building the world with printing has built its first ever 3D-printed home.

    Futurism

  • Apis Cor posted a promotional video of their home being constructed in Russia, claiming the structure was built in 24 hours.

    CBS SFBayArea

  • This SF startup says it can 3D-print houses in less than 24 hours.

    SFGATE

  • Apis Cor’s Portable 3D Printer Builds a Tiny Home with Tiny Price

    Inside3Dprinting

  • In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years

    Archinect

  • «Amazing industrial 3D printer fits in a truck, can print an entire building in 24 hours».

    Digital Trends

  • "The reality of entire buildings being constructed in one day would be mindblowing in urban areas alone, but just imagine the real impact for developing countries. The Apis Cor could literally change people’s lives in a day."

    3DPrint

  • "The Apis Cor 3D Printer is looking to revolutionize the usage of 3D printers for construction purposes, especially for developing nations where such low-cost and time-efficient methods are essential."

    Techtimes

  • «Мобильный строительный 3D-принтер Apis Cor – интересный проект, который может составить конкуренцию работам Андрея Руденко и итальянской WASP».

    ABCnews

  • Hausbau per 3D-Drucker ist längst keine Zukunftsmusik mehr, bisherige Demonstrationen haben aber die Limitierungen der Technologie gezeigt. Häuser wurden meist nicht vor Ort "gedruckt"…

    krone.at

  • «Уникальность изобретения в его конструкции и производительности. Отличительная особенность модели – принтер печатает, находясь внутри дома, а не снаружи, что увеличивает  эффективность и мобильность печати».

    3Dtoday

  • «Apis Cor Mobile 3D Printer Seeks to Bring 3D Printed Construction On-Site».

    3D Printing Industry

  • "At a time when poverty in both developing and developed countries is still a prevalent problem, the Apis Cor can offer promising solutions."

    Greenoptimistic

  • «В полку строительных 3D-принтеров прибыло. Создан новый мобильный принтер, который отличается от предыдущих моделей не только конструктивно, но и качественно – он более экономичен и печатает быстрее».

    ESTP-blog

  • 设计师开发出非常可行的建筑3D打印机Apis Cor

    maker8.com

  • Строительный 3D-принтер APIS COR, который разработала иркутская компания «Апис Кор» — резидент регионального машиностроительного кластера, назван одним из победителей Startup Tour 2016 в Иркутске.

    irkcluster.ru

  • О своем желании инвестировать в проект уже объявили Китай, Южная Корея и Объединенные Арабские Эмираты, которые заинтересованы в новых технологиях быстрого и малозатратного строительства.

    russian.rt.com

  • Авторство проекта принадлежит инженеру Никите Чен-юн-таю. Изобретение получило название Apis Cor и вполне может стать первым среди революционных 3D-принтеров, считает издание Kronen Zeitung.

    3d-expo.ru