Over the past two years or so, a very exciting race was ongoing in the construction world. I would like to ask you a question. Who can be the first to develop a commercially viable concrete 3D printer capable of making homes? Besides, the competition was very tough, as interesting and promising projects quickly began popping up all over the place.
Just a few months ago, even Dubai stepped into the race with an ambitious plan, and just this week Italian manufacturers WASP announced the creation of the world’s largest Delta 3D printer with an eye on concrete construction.
Today, another team has jumped to the head of the pack, as the ‘innovationminded’ Lewis Grand Hotel in the Philippines, owned by entrepreneur Lewis Yakich, has begun work on a massive 3D printed expansion of the hotel.
What’s more, they are already planning to follow this up with a series of 3D printed commercial homes. We have a winner, right? Rather than using the conventional construction methods of his competitors, that he has an eye for the innovative. Is definitely proven by his decision to 3D print this new extension to his hotel.
He also enlisted the throughout the summer of a gorgeous and inspiring 3D printed concrete fantasy castle in Minnesota, for which Rudenko pioneered his own concrete 3D printing method. Yakich began planning the creation of this 3D printed headline magnet, though as Rudenko explains to 3ders, with his help. Fact, it ok a couple of months to prepare the major parts in Minnesota and bring them to the Philippines, assembled the 3D printer and developed and tested the right mix using local materials,’ he tells us.
With that said, this initial success of the Rudenko/Yakich collaboration has already wetted the appetite of Yakich for a series of follow up 3D printing project. Then again, particularly, the next focus may be on commercial homes and on the construction industry itself. Anyways, they are even working on creating a commercial assembly plant in the Philippines that manufactures and markets concrete 3D printers in the near future, as Rudenko revealed. For example, the Lewis Grand Hotel can be found on Don Juico Avenue, in Angeles City Pampanga and is a very fancy hotel that specifically caters to international tourists.
Now look, a quick glance at their website, and you’ll quickly wish you could afford another vacation.
It’s owned and operated by a remarkable entrepreneur, as Lewis Yakich is something of a selfmade success.
Previously graduating in the material sciences from the University of California Santa Barbara, the Californian previously worked for as an engineer at Intel before switching to his passion in real estate. More info is here: 100. Finding plenty of success in building houses in the US before switching his sights to the Philippines. They found that the Philippines is home to some very good materials for 3D printing. With that said, with pretty strong walls with good bonding between the layers, we have here specific sand with volcanic ash that is difficult to extrude we have great result,’ Rudenko explains to us. So this pioneering construction was a separate villa that going to be fully incorporated into the Lewis Grand Hotel. It’s an interesting fact that the size of the house is approximately 10 dot 5 by 12 dot 5 meters and 3 meters tall, as Rudenko explains. Its 130m2 or about 1500 square feet,’ he adds. Is set to be a fantastic party house, with that said, this isn’t just an ordinary extension.