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Technology 27 September 2021

By David Hambling

3D printed building

A 3D-printed concrete building, constructed as part of the Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures programme

US Army Research and Development Center

The US Army Corps of Engineers can now print concrete barracks, bunkers and other structures in challenging environments. Its Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures (ACES) programme has also drawn up plans to create the world’s first 3D-printed vehicle bridge, and prototype printers should be in the field next year.

“Our priority was to develop a capability utilising 3D printing technology for use in an expeditionary environment, specifically suited for military purposes,” says Megan Kreiger, programme …

Article amended on 27 September 2021

We clarified what was in the budget documents