Home Latest News MAPEI’s Planitop 3D Construction Ink/Mortar Receives ICC Certification
Home Latest News MAPEI’s Planitop 3D Construction Ink/Mortar Receives ICC Certification

MAPEI’s Planitop 3D Construction Ink/Mortar Receives ICC Certification

MAPEI Corp. has announced that its Planitop 3D construction ink/mortar, produced in partnership with 3D largescale construction printer provider Black Buffalo 3D Corp., has been granted official AC509 certification by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). Achieving this certification represents the final step in a lengthy approvals process for Planitop 3D.

Both Planitop 3D and the Black Buffalo 3D printing technology were found to meet AC509 code requirements for “bearing, nonbearing and shear walls up to 40′ in height.” AC509 is the ICC code relating to “3D Automated Construction Technology for Concrete Walls.”

The certification was granted after thorough and rigorous testing of the concrete-based ink/mortar, which included several 16-plus hour print sessions on NEXCON printers performed by the Black Buffalo 3D team and verified by members of the ICC-ES approved lab Intertek. This was only part of the stringent testing and verifications completed at the material, machine and printed wall levels.

“We are very proud of this ICC-ES AC509 certification,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of MAPEI Corp. “It underscores the fact that our team, along with Black Buffalo 3D, was able to create the best 3D ink/mortar in the world.”

“Black Buffalo 3D’s goal has always been to make 3D construction printing a coded alternative to traditional construction,” stated Black Buffalo 3D Founder and Interim CEO Derek Chung. “Our AC509 certification is the result of years of hard work and dedication and marks a milestone, not just for us, but for the whole 3D construction printing industry.”

Planitop 3D is available for sale to all printing manufacturers in North America through MAPEI. The proprietary AC509 cement-based construction ink/mortar has been developed through years of research, testing and evaluation by independent and in-house material scientists at MAPEI, Black Buffalo 3D and various third-party labs including Intertek, which is based in York, Pa.

With Planitop 3D’s ICC-ES AC509 code approval, on-demand and on-site 3D printing is now a legitimate coded technology. “Planitop 3D will unlock the true potential of 3D construction printing by providing contractors and builders with internationally accepted certification that their projects will be strong and durable,” added Di Geso. “And the resulting structures will be built quickly and at a fraction of the cost of traditional construction, which means that affordable housing can be within reach for more people.”

For more information, visit https://www.mapei.com.

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