French startup XtreeE, continues to be a presence in the construction industry with the introduction of 3D printing on the large scale, and now a new production unit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The opening of this second site comes on the heels of the XtreeE plant in Paris'”as the dynamic company forges ahead in their mission to create a worldwide network of over 50 connected 3D printing units by 2025. Local partner Concreative will be in charge of operations at the Dubai facility while using XtreeE technology.
Founded in 2015, XtreeE was borne from a collaborative research project at the Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture and the engineering school Arts et MÃ©tiers ParisTech'”and their technology is now protected by an impressive ten international patents'”offering architects the tools to fabricate complex geometries.
With over 20 projects behind them, XtreeE caters to clients and partners in terms of:
“XtreeE’s ambition is, above all, environmental. Through these innovations, it is possible to build better and design new products meeting the major challenges of today and tomorrow. While 3D printing makes it possible to reduce both the costs and the overall impact of construction processes, it also makes it possible to manufacture rather unexpected objects, to restore biodiversity,” says Alban Mallet, CEO of XtreeE.
XtreeE projects include:
XtreeE is involved in increasing productivity in the construction sector, encouraging social progress, and saving resources.
'œConcrete is the most consumed material after water. With structurally optimized parts, by positioning the right concrete in the right place, 3D printing offers the possibility to reduce concrete consumption in construction by up to 70 percent,' states the XtreeE team in their recent press release sent to 3DPrint.com. 'œThe production of cement, the main component of concrete, generates 8 percent of global CO2 emissions.'
'œThe removal of formwork also reduces construction waste. Today, XtreeE is active on several fronts, from housing projects to infrastructure. Much remains to be done to transform the construction sector that must meet the requirements of productivity, social progress and save resources.'
After two funding rounds and capital infused via other investors, XtreeE has been able to create a strong business model for the future. In 2020, they plan to roll out their '˜XtreeE Printing as a Service' digital platform, meant to offer interconnectivity between customers and architects, designers, and engineers'”and 3D printers.
XtreeE is currently in discussions to open two other facilities in Asia.
3D printing is not only becoming more widely used in construction, as more and more houses and small structures begin to emerge, but also in materials such as concrete. What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts! Join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.[Source / Images: XtreeE press release]