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S-500: The 3D printer that AMT-SPETSAVIA says can print buildings 80m tall

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Russian company AMT-SPETSAVIA has unveiled what is the world’s largest 3D printer for construction.

The S-500 stands at 15m tall, or five to six storeys, but can extend up to 80m (23 storeys), according to the firm’s website.

AMT-SPETSAVIA showcased the system at the INNOPROM event in Yekaterinburg, the Russian city lying to the east of the Ural Mountains. Around 600 companies from 20 countries exhibited their various solutions under the umbrella theme of digital production.

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The S-500 can also print concrete structures quickly, reportedly hitting speeds of around 2.5 cubic metres an hour.

AMT-SPETSAVIA General Director Alexander Maslov commented: “We've always been asked for a solution for multi-storey construction. Now we declare with confidence that such a solution exists.

“During the development we've taken into account the wishes of the developing companies, at the same time maintaining the inherent reliability of our equipment, ease of management and maintenance.”

The company expects to ship its first S-500 printer this year. It is the same firm that last year printed Europe’s first habitable home.

Interest in 3D printing structures has taken off over the past few years, not least because of the speed at which buildings can be constructed, something which is seen as a way of reversing worrying productivity trends in the sector.

The US military, for example, is another proponent and recently patented its own formula of concrete that it says prevents jamming, allowing it to quickly deploy solid buildings in hostile areas.

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