The world's first 3D printing bathroom is launched

2022-08-17
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The world's first 3D printing bathroom is launched, and domestic health enterprises may miss the opportunity of 3D printing development

on May 22, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore innovated 3D printing technology and created the world's first 3D printing furniture free bathroom, solving the problems of high manufacturing costs and less material selectivity. In recent years, with the rise and mature application of 3D printing technology, many foreign sanitary ware enterprises and research institutions such as Gaoyi, Kohler and American Standard have begun to try to apply 3D printing in the production of sanitary ware products. In contrast, the development and research of 3D printing technology in domestic sanitary ware enterprises are obviously lagging behind

the world's first 3D printing furniture free bathroom came out

on May 22, researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore announced that the world's first 3D printing furniture free bathroom was officially born, which was jointly developed by the multidisciplinary research team of ntu3d printing center, SembCorp design and construction, and SembCorp architects and engineers

it is understood that the bathroom has a scale of 1.6m × 1.5m × 2.8m, the printing time is 9 hours, and the material used is the special concrete mixture. The tensile side below the neutral surface of the sample extends along the length direction. Among them, 1/3 of the bathroom mixture is made of the residual coal ash of Shengke coal power plant, and the remaining 2/3 of the materials include sand and clay

this unit bathroom has preset the most complex and time-consuming fixed configurations such as brick laying, waterproof, pipes and circuits in the construction of bathroom in residential units. The manufacturing cost is about 3000 to 3500 dollars, half of the cost of traditional unit bathroom (6000-7000 dollars). In such a unit bathroom, it takes only 5 days at most to install the sink, mirror, shower supplies and drainage pipes to form a complete usable bathroom space

10. Working power supply: 220V ~ 240V

it is understood that since 2015, the scientists of the team have developed four special concrete mixtures suitable for 3D printing in more than three years, making this unit bathroom bid farewell to the embarrassment of expensive D printing raw materials with low carbonization. At the same time, in order to save materials, this bathroom is 30% lighter than the traditional unit bathroom, and the wall is printed in the shape of W grid, which also provides additional strength for the structure. Pipes and wires can be installed in the empty space in the structure instead of drilling holes in the wall

According to the NTU research team, the larger bathroom created by the team has passed strict tests to meet the strength and robustness standards required by the local construction authority, and the product is undergoing fire resistance tests, which are expected to be completed within three months. The team hopes to commercialize this technology by authorizing or establishing a company

economical 3D toilets have been implemented for India.

it is understood that as early as January 2018, NTU, NUS (National University of Singapore) and sutd (Singapore University of technology and Design) organized the Hamilton laboratory in Singapore to cooperate with the 3D printing program to provide 3D printing toilet products for India's "toilet revolution"

the 3D printing of Hamilton laboratory is famous for its economic benefits. After signing an agreement with the Indian rural information and Action Center (CRIA), the laboratory used its robot 3D printing system to build 3D printing concrete toilets in madhubani and darbhanga in Bihar, northern and eastern India

these 3D printing toilets are not made of typical 3D printing materials such as PLA and ABS, but also made of special cement made of recycled fly ash. The goal of building toilets can be achieved without high capital investment

foreign bathroom brands are keen on 3D printing technology

according to relevant data, the global 3D printing industry increased by 17.4% in 2016, and the output value of 3D printing reached US $6.063 billion. In 2018, the overall revenue of the global 3D printing industry is expected to exceed US $10billion. International bathroom brands are generally optimistic about the future of 3D. In 2019, Kohler, American Standard, Gaoyi and other well-known brands launched 3D printing bathroom products

Gaoyi exhibited 3D printing faucets for the first time in ISH

at the Frankfurt exhibition in March this year, Gaoyi released two 3D printing faucets of Grohe atrio icon 3D and Grohe allure brilliant icon 3D for the first time. It is reported that these two products are produced through metal printing and powder bed laser melting process. From April this year, Grohe icon 3D will provide exclusive bathroom accessories

in terms of 3D printing sanitary ceramics, Gaoyi announced in 2018 that it would apply 3D printing technology to the production of sanitary equipment and establish a 3D printing production line. The first test printing was implemented in the pilot project at the beginning of 2018. Gaoyi said that the goal of using 3D printing is to accelerate product innovation by 20%

Kohler focuses on developing 3D printing modules

as an internationally renowned sanitary ware enterprise, Kohler has repeatedly said that it is beneficial for a multi product line company to try important new technologies. Kohler plans to focus on 3D technology production in the past two years and believes that it can seize the sanitary ware market of 3D printing. In September, 2018, the U.S. federal research and development (R & D) department held a dialogue with Kohler's decision-making department. The U.S. R & D department will provide tax credit for the research and development of Kohler 3D technology

it is understood that some of Kohler adopt the kallista brand under the ordinary belt, which is the leader of 3D printing technology. At the beginning of 2018, kallista cooperated with 3rd dimension, an industrial 3D printing company located in Indiana, USA, to directly produce faucet grid series by using 3D systems and direct metal printing (DMP) equipment

American Standard DxV made the world's first 3D printing faucet

American Standard showed the 3D series faucets made by its DxV as early as 2015. DxV series adopts selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing technology. The machine will sinter metal powder layer by layer according to the specified shape to generate 3D objects. Because there is no need for any form of support structure, SLS process can print almost any shape that designers can imagine. DxV series faucets are simple and changeable in shape, just like works of art. This series of products was launched in 2016, and the sales of fake products ranged from $12000 to $20000

domestic health enterprises may miss the opportunity of 3D printing development

although foreign enterprises maintain strong interest in 3D printing, compared with foreign Sanitary Ware brands, the attempts of Chinese sanitary ware enterprises in the application of 3D printing technology lag significantly. Due to various restrictive factors of 3D printing, such as expensive production materials and complex 3D models, few domestic sanitary ware enterprises have announced relevant information about 3D technology production in recent years

as one of the largest sanitary ware production places in China, Guangdong is also in the preliminary stage of the application of 3D printing technology. According to industry related media reports, in the first half of 2018, Foshan Gaoming District senior technical school set up a professional construction Steering Committee for "3D printing technology application" to explore the direction for the transformation and upgrading of traditional industries such as sanitary ware, textile and clothing in Gaoming District. Gaoming District senior technical school will offer 3D printing technology application majors to cultivate 3D printing professionals

according to the Gaoming District government, at present, Anhua sanitary ware has used 3D printing (additive manufacturing). But on the whole, there is an obvious gap between Guangdong sanitary ware enterprises and International Sanitary Ware brands in their understanding and attention to 3D printing technology

on the other hand, 3D printing, as an emerging technology, has strong advantages in saving time, reducing transportation costs, reducing carbon emissions and material waste, saving inventory costs and labor costs, and improving workplace safety. Made in China 2025 clearly points out that it is necessary to speed up the application of 3D printing technology in the production process

at present, domestic sanitary ware enterprises focus their funds on the intelligent transformation of production lines, and most of the planning and research and development of 3D printing technology are in the preliminary understanding stage. International Sanitary Ware brands have been one step ahead of Chinese sanitary ware enterprises to open the 3D printing market. Once 3D printing technology is promoted, it will completely change the current global sanitary ware production mode, and sanitary ware production may usher in a global technological revolution. If Chinese health enterprises do not take advantage of the situation to pursue, or lose the first opportunity to develop 3D printing technology in a few years

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