Acciona and Autodesk have been working together for more than a year to create the first concrete, large-scale, 3D-printed building element, which has been generated using Autodesk Generative Design by their Advanced Consulting Team. The manufacturing of the element was done by the Spanish company Acciona (one of the most advanced companies in concrete, large-scale, 3D-printing technology) in their 3D-printing facilities in Spain. 3D-printing technology used by Acciona is what it is called concrete, free-shape, large-scale 3D printing, which lets users create a physical element from a free-shape 3D model. Acciona was the first company to 3D print a bridge in 2016, to 3D print heritage elements in 2017, and (now, in 2018) to develop a 3D-printing method that enables the manufacture of large-scale, concrete, complex shapes defined by Autodesk Generative Design software. Acciona combined additive and subtractive manufacturing in order to obtain highly detailed, 3D-printed elements.
- Explore limits of Acciona free-shape large-scale 3D printing in concrete
- Learn how to create with Autodesk Generative Design technology complex 3D models in concrete
- Learn best practices that you can apply in future projects
I am a PhD Civil Engineer since 1999, currently working in Acciona, one of the most important Renewable Energy and Construction Spanish Company as Corporate Manager of Technology Transfer in Innovation & Technology Division. I am leading the implementation of new technologies in ACCIONA that come from advanced technological and digital SME, Start-ups, Spin-offs, Universities and Technological Centers, always with an open innovation strategy. I am working in five Innovation Areas that are focused on Mixed Reality (Virtual and Augmented Reality), Concrete Large Scale 3D Printing, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics and Sustainable Innovation. I also worked as Head of the Department of Innovation of Technological Center of Acciona Infraestructuras in Madrid for 4 years. During this period I implemented and generated business of all the technology developed in R&D Center works in ACCIONA construction projects.