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Champaign researchers print out largest 3D building in country

It’s the largest 3D printed concrete building in the country, and it’s right here in Champaign. (WCCU)

It’s the largest 3D printed concrete building in the country, and it’s in Champaign.

The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) designed and created this technology to be used for military purposes.

It took about 21 hours to print the structure.

Researchers said this method is more cost-effective, energy efficient, and produces less waste.

“It could be used to make refugee housing,” US Army ERDC mechanical engineer Megan Kreiger said. “It could be used to print disaster relief housing. Its applications have barely been touched because we are on the cusp of this developing technology."

Don't let the concrete walls fool you, Kreiger said a 3D-printed building like this one could be finished out to look like a conventional home.

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