The opening ceremony of the 3D printing building project is held in Ya’an, Sichuan Province, China. It is officiated by Prof. Geoffrey Shen, once Interim Vice President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Introduction

Natural disasters, e.g. earthquakes and floods, cause tremendous economic loss and social impacts worldwide. After disasters happen, the impacted regions could become isolated if the roads and power grids to the region are seriously damaged. How to enable effective urban rehabilitation after natural disasters happen has become a critical issue for governments worldwide. With the merits of high productivity, less demand for labor and high flexibility, 3D printing technology could be an effective approach to post-disaster reconstruction. This project aims to combines 3D printing and human-centered design features to develop a construction prototype for post-disaster urban rehabilitation. This educational building is located in Ya’an, Sichuan province, China, where earthquakes happen frequently. This project demonstrates the potential of 3D printing in helping to tackle the eternal challenges of natural disasters.

Timeline

  • 2018.09 Project completed
  • 2018.08 Construction and transportation
  • 2018.07 Cooperation with contractors
  • 2018.04 Finished the design of the 3D printing building
  • 2018.02 Received HK$250,000 fund from Mingxi Student Association
  • 2018.01 Fixed the site of the project
  • 2017.12 Received HK$100,000 fund from PolyU
  • 2017.10 Project team formation

Gallery

14-Jul-2018

Our team discussed the implementation of the project with Mr, Yihe Ma, chairman of Winsun Building Technique (Shanghai) Co., Ltd (the world’s largest 3D printing building company).

19-May-2018

I introduced the project to Cai Dafeng, Vice Chairman, Standing Commitee, National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China in World Innovation & Entrepreneurship EXPO, Shanghai.

07-May-2018

Our team attended the Forum “Resilience: From Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction – 10 Years After Wenchuan Earthquake” and introduced the project to Dr Animesh Kumar, Deputy Head, Asia-Pacific, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

10-Apr-2018

Our team demonstrated the project at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with Prof. Cees de Bont, once Dean of the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

31-Jan-2018

Ir. Prof. Michael Yam discussed with our team.

21-Jan-2018

The first group meeting was held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.