Laticrete Investing in 3D Printing Mortar Technology
Bethany, CT, August 22, 2019-Laticrete is making an investment in 3D printing mortar technology. The company is sponsoring Ball State University Design Innovation Fellow and assistant teaching professor Christopher Battaglia to create DE|stress, a 3D-printed concrete shell of 110 unique panels that will be assembled on top of a pavilion created using a 3D printable mortar prototype Laticrete has developed and plans to launch in 2020.
The project will be featured among 18 other temporary installations at Exhibit Columbus, the annual exploration of architecture, art, design and community in Columbus, Indiana that kicks off on August 23.
Key attributes of the prototype cement-based mortar for use in 3D printing are related to durability and the ability to produce this product globally. The prototype was designed to support multiple layers to avoid collapse, and created using controlled materials that can be locally sourced for mass production worldwide.
In addition to the collaboration with Ball State University, Laticrete is working with large scale 3D printers in other countries such as Dubai to test its prototype. Locally sourced and produced materials from Laticrete are currently being printed by 3DVinci Creations to have a reproducible system developed for the Gulf environment.