Applauding XtreeE in Leading 3D Printing Revolution

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Even as digital technology is transforming AEC processes, emerging digital platforms stand poised to transform construction products themselves.

Paris-based XtreeE is seeking to lead an industrial revolution in construction, civil and mechanical engineering by using 3D printing for large-scale architectural applications.

Through integrated consulting, manufacturing and technology, XtreeE provides education on how to use additive construction in the construction industry, while also developing end-user solutions and the technology needed to fabricate products.

Watch this 360-degree video to experience the process of designing and 3D printing a concrete structure:

(Tip: Use the directional controls to pan around the room as the video plays.)

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XtreeE’s Exploration of Additive Printing

Led by Philippe Morel, architect and founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research, the group brings together architects, civil engineers, material research engineers, scientists and roboticists.

The possibilities—including structural pillars, truss structures and walls—that XtreeE present are promising.

3D Printing as the Future for Construction

The concept of using additive construction to manufacture building components may be the next step in the evolution toward prefabrication.

By prefabricating building systems, AEC teams are able to more rapidly deliver quality products at reduced costs.

Additive construction takes those benefits a step further. It allows fabricators to produce highly complex one-off shapes at a controlled cost. It provides incredibly high precision for each component at levels of less than 0.5 mm.

By using parametric design to create an optimized component, less material is needed, leading to lighter products and less waste.

XtreeE suggests that integration of these processes can reduce time to market by approximately 40%.

The Tools Necessary for Next-Level Innovation

Dassault Systèmes, in honoring XtreeE commitment to innovation and entrepreneurial applications for 3D printing and connected objects, supports XtreeE by providing design and simulation tools through the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab.

Simulating and optimizing the fabrication of a structure

Simulating and optimizing the fabrication of a structure


 

Sketching a structure to be 3D printed.

Sketching a structure to be 3D printed.

With our 3D simulation tools, the XtreeE team can optimizes the design and shape of their structures:

  • Simulation enables advanced structural analysis and topological optimization, taking the properties of the new materials into account.
  • Generative Design Exploration enables designers and architects to create biomimetic forms.
  • Continuous additive manufacturing allows the roof and the walls to be manufactured simultaneously, together with built-in seating.
  • Computer-programmed robotic fabrication enables a minimum use of concrete that balances optimal structural performance with sustainability.

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Celebrating a Concrete Achievement

To celebrate the XtreeE team’s latest achievement of producing a concrete pavilion using 3D additive manufacturing—the first construction project of its kind in Europe—Dassault hosted a ceremony in Velizy-Villacoublay, France on September 20, 2016.

XtreeE and Dassault Systèmes at the pavilion inauguration in France

XtreeE and Dassault Systèmes at the pavilion inauguration in France.

At the event, Morel emphasized the importance of innovating with construction materials in order to advance the industry. He also pointed out how relatively rapidly concrete has evolved in just 200 years into a core element of our built environment.

Both the Dassault Systèmes and XtreeE teams are enthusiastic about continuing to develop AEC innovations in concrete using simulation tools and 3D printing.

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End BIM Fragmentation: Embrace Collaboration with “Design for Fabrication”

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Today’s AEC projects are more complex than ever, achieving heights, shapes and performance capabilities undreamed of a few years ago. Yet even as owners demand more from their buildings, many AEC professionals are still using processes that lead to redundant design, idle labor and significant rework.

There is now a solution available that harnesses the expert knowledge of the entire AEC team to create processes that are as efficient as the resulting project.

Design for Fabrication, based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, reduces supply chain fragmentation—and its resulting waste—by serving as a collaborative, fully-integrated, single source of truth for any construction project.

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Embracing a Multi-BIM Approach

Design for Fabrication isn’t just BIM.

Most BIM tools are created with the design team in mind, but Design for Fabrication goes well beyond that.

Our platform allows designers to create models that are then used as the basis for shop drawings and fabrication processes. Details can easily be extended from the conceptual design phase through fabrication and on into the construction phase.

When designers and fabricators use a shared model—rather than simply sending data to the next contractor to convert to their own system—design details don’t slip through the cracks.

Any changes made to one element will show up immediately in the shared model, alerting all parties to any changes.

Thanks to these shared processes, contractors can feel confident that they will remain on schedule.

Watch the video about Design for Fabrication.

An Intelligent Solution for Improved Design Making

There’s more to the Design for Fabrication solution than collaboration. It offers an intelligent environment where users can easily define features to control even the most complex designs. Its ability to design anything, using the scalability of the cloud, means there are virtually no limits for your next project. In addition, users can access real-time update from anywhere, making it the perfect solution for drawing together office, shop and field processes.

A single user-friendly interface hosts the dynamic tools that allow designers to validate project requirements as they work, easily customize repeatable elements, and add data to a design model so that it can be used for shop drawings and creating a complete bill of materials.

What’s more, the tool hosts modules for designing a range of structures, including the following:

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Civil Design: Users can model and simulate a variety of changes to terrain, earthworks, and more for large infrastructure projects ranging from roads to bridges to tunnels and beyond.

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Building Design: Design and simulate any building or building element—from basic office furniture all the way to a one-of-a-kind stadium.

Façade Design: No matter the type of building envelope you’re planning, design and simulate it from the conceptual level down to details like fasteners. Easily examine metal panel, glazed, tensile and other façades in installed and unfolded states.

Structure Design: Bring all AEC partners together into a single system that can model, simulate and analyze any structural element, whether you’re working with concrete and steel frame, precast, façade, bridge, tunnel projects, or other systems.

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Systems Design: No matter the scale, this solution lets users plan, model, and simulate any building system element. Reduce field clashes, whether working on a single occupant structure or a city infrastructure.

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When project stakeholders embrace collaboration, all parties can see significant savings in time and money—while improving overall project quality.

Watch the video how Design for Fabrication can improve your next project.

Meet the Zahner Team at Facades+

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Register for Facades+ 2016

Respected engineering and fabrication company A. Zahner Company is participating in the 2016 Façades+ Conference this week to promote the team’s system for creating unique façades and for improving design throughout the construction process.

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CEO/President L. William Zahner will speak about the company’s technologies, techniques, and successes around the world.

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Zahner VDC Technical Specialist Kyle Watson (left) will deliver an all-day workshop alongside Jonathan Asher of Dassault Systèmes (right).

Zahner Technologist Jim Nordstrom will also be onsite to answer questions and listen to feedback on what Zahner can do to improve your AEC workflows.


Register now for Façades+ in New York City on April 21-22, 2016.

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