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Thornton Tomasetti Invests in 3D Printing Firm

Monday, June 10, 2019

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TTWiiN Investment Partners, the innovation investment arm of global design firm Thornton Tomasetti, recently announced its investment in XtreeE, a Paris-based technology company focused on 3D-printing solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

“There is a huge misconception within the AEC industry that 3D printing is a technology only of the future,” said Ray Daddazio, president of Thornton Tomasetti.

“We see it as a technology of today. We are pleased to help XtreeE pioneer new applications that will enable project teams to push the frontiers of design through digital fabrication. XtreeE is not only on the leading edge of this technology, but has the capability to deliver optimized structures.”

3D in AEC

This isn’t the first push for 3D in the industry in recent months. In March, Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company purchased what has been described as the “world’s largest 3D construction printer” from Danish firm Cobod International.

Thornton Tomasetti

TTWiiN Investment Partners, the innovation investment arm of global design firm Thornton Tomasetti, recently announced its investment in XtreeE, a Paris-based technology company focused on 3D-printing solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

The Bod 2 is a modular gantry-based 3D construction printer that can produce buildings of 12-by-27-by-9 meters (roughly 39-by-88-by-29 feet), as well as three-story structures of 300 square meters per floor.

The purchase is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, which is the country’s program to enhance the development and diversification of its economy. As part of that plan, the kingdom is aiming to build 1.5 million homes in the next 10 years and is reportedly working with XtreeE as well.

There have also been innovative uses taking place in the military and industrial sectors as well.

Last December, the U.S. Air Force installed a 3D-printed metallic bracket on an operational F-22 Raptor during maintenance by the 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

According to the Air Force, the 3D-printed titanium bracket is the first of many metallic additive manufactured parts planned for creation through public-private partnerships.

The new piece, one that will not corrode, located in the kick panel assembly of the cockpit, will replace the traditional aluminum bracket that is known for corroding. To create the bracket, a “powder bed fusion process that utilizes a laser" builds the part layer by layer from a titanium powder, according to the Air Force. The traditional aluminum bracket is replaced 80% of the time when maintenance takes place.

Moving Forward

XtreeE is known for its large-scale additive manufacturing, particularly in concrete, and has a strategy of structuring a network of more than 50 globally connected 3D printing units by 2025.

“3D printing has moved rapidly from R&D labs to the field, and we currently collaborating on multiple projects in the Middle East, Africa and North America with an emphasis on sustainability, practicality and affordability,” Daddazio said.

“This investment in XtreeE by TTWiiN IP is yet another step in Thornton Tomasetti’s journey to toward becoming a global leader in innovation in the AEC industry.”

The financials for the Tomasetti investment have not been disclosed.

   

Tagged categories: 3D printing; 3D Printing; Asia Pacific; Business matters; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; Z-Continents

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