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With New Partnership, MAPEI Enters 3D Construction Printing

MAPEI and Black Buffalo 3D, a leading provider of large-scale 3D construction printers, have announced an R&D and manufacturing partnership for the 3D construction-printing industry.

The first collaboration from this partnership, Planitop 3D, is designed to work with Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers. Held to the strictest quality standards, each layer of Planitop 3D is engineered to quickly set up and support every layer that is printed above it—saving time, reducing materials and increasing jobsite efficiency, according to MAPEI.

The official launch of the new product occurred at the site of a housing project in Virginia, in which 3D contracting group Alquist 3D will use NEXCON printers and the new mortar to 3D-print 200 new homes.

“MAPEI has always been known for innovation and for helping communities around the nation,” said Luigi Di Geso, MAPEI Corp.’s president and CEO. “These 3D-printed homes and other structures printed with Planitop 3D and Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers represent technology at its most compassionate and at its highest level of innovation.”

Michael Woods, COO/CEO of Big Sun Holdings, Black Buffalo 3D’s parent corporation, remarked, “The Black Buffalo 3D team recognized the need for standardization in materials to drive the next phase of growth in the 3D construction industry. MAPEI was able to enhance the formula that our team developed and take it to the next level, outclassing every product on the market—at a cost that makes 3D-printing homes, buildings and infrastructure feasible on nearly every level.”

MAPEI Planitop 3D
At the groundbreaking ceremony in Virginia, Alquist 3D banners mark the Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printer, while the super-sack of Planitop 3D is displayed near MAPEI Corp.’s banner.

Planitop 3D is already available across North America through MAPEI. The 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.

Kevin Smith, MAPEI Corp.’s national sales director – Concrete Restoration Systems, stated, “We were very confident that we could partner with Black Buffalo and their full range of 3D printers to provide an exceptional solution, as this technology is well within our wheelhouse. Black Buffalo 3D met with our R&D team and we quickly developed the correct solution for this project.”

Planitop 3D is currently in the verification process for meeting the ICC-ES AC509 standard for 3D-printed walls, which is recognized by more than 50 countries. Milestones that have already been achieved include several 13-hour-plus printing sessions on NEXCON printers by the Black Buffalo 3D team in Elizabeth, N.J., and a multitude of successful tests for strength, usability, resilience and longevity. The official results and reporting are expected to be released in the near future, MAPEI stated.

“MAPEI is proud to be involved in this evolution in construction and the housing market,” Di Geso added.

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

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