China: The Largest 3D Printed Dam in the World

  • China is effectively transforming a dam project on the Tibetan Plateau into the world’s largest 3D printer by utilizing artificial intelligence.
  • This project is that no human workers will be involved in the construction of the dam.
  • The Yangqu Hydroelectric Power Plants will provide around 5 billion kWh of electricity annually to Henan province in China.

China is effectively transforming a dam project on the Tibetan Plateau into the world’s largest 3D printer by utilizing artificial intelligence, and China is also well known for its innovations and new technologies that are the focus of its development. Recently, China announced would rely on additive manufacturing in addition to artificial intelligence to build dams on the Tibetan Plateau.

The surprising fact of this project is that no human workers will be involved in the construction of the dam. Therefore, with this highly innovative project, people will be freed from heavy, repetitive and dangerous work. The construction on this project is expected to be completed in the next two years. The project will also be the largest 3D robotic printing project in the world.

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The soon to be 3D printed dam stands out in a number of ways. Not only because of the innovative process, but also because of the environment in which the project is built. Although large-scale additive projects have been implemented in China, they have always relied on the support of skilled human workers. For example, the world’s largest 3D-printed pavilion and the first retractable 3D-printed bridge were both built in China.

This time the Chinese manufacturer set a different standard for dam construction by completely ditching human labor, so this important project demonstrates what is possible when combining additive manufacturing with artificial intelligence in construction.

The project is carried out by the Department of Science and Technology of Tsinghua University. This project focuses on building the Yangqu Dam on the Tibetan Plateau layer by layer. After a two-year construction period, the dam will be used to supply the Yangqu Hydroelectric Power Station.

The Yangqu Hydroelectric Power Plants will provide around 5 billion kWh of electricity annually to Henan province in China. Concretely, 100 million people will benefit from 3D printed dams, as it will secure their electricity supply.

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The electricity will be transmitted over a high voltage transmission line of approximately 4920 feet, and the channel has been built separately for green energy transmission aiming for sustainability.

According to Tsinghua University scientists, the Yangqu hydroelectric power station is expected to reach a size of 180 meters (590 feet) upon completion. Therefore, it will make it the largest robotic 3D printing facility in the world. This hydroelectric power station is larger than a two-story office building in Dubai, the current world record holder.

The 180 metre (590 feet) high Yangqu hydropower plant will be built slice by slice using unmanned excavators, trucks, bulldozers, pavers and rollers, all controlled in the same additive manufacturing process used in 3D printing, and the power will travel via a 1,500km (932 mile) high voltage line built exclusively for green energy transmission.

Editor: Riana Nurhasanah

References:

[1]Dam Project in China to Be Worlds Largest Robotic 3D Print

[2]China’s robot-built 3D-printed dam ready in 2 years: scientists

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