Large-scale 3D-printing AEC solution provider XtreeE and concrete 3D printing firm Concreative have signed a deal to open a new production unit in the UAE. The new unit will be operated by Concreative and aims to use 3D-printing in 25% of new construction projects in the next six years, incorporating XtreeE technology.
According to a statement, the launch is in line with XtreeE’s strategy of structuring a network of more than 50 globally connected 3D printing units by 2025. The firm is also said to be partnering with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects on a new cultural project in North America, which will be announced later in the year.
XtreeE was founded in 2015 and says it recently won major investment from TTWiiN Investment Partners, the innovation investment arm of US-based Thornton Tomasetti (TT). In 2015, TT helped develop Dubai’s the Office of the Future, a 2,000sqft structure that was designed by Gensler and created using a 20ft tall 3D printer.
“There is a huge misconception within the AEC industry that 3D printing is a technology only of the future. 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 optimised structures,” said Ray Daddazio, president of Thornton Tomasetti.
XtreeE says it has secured its latest round of funding from several firms including Shibumi International, in addition to sourcing additional commitment from existing investor Vinci Construction.
“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. 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,” added Daddazio.