The innovative HS2 project is anticipated to cover a long stretch of railway line across the Midlands and Northern part of the UK. The new railway line will stretch 330miles once both phases 1 and 2a are completed and will connect London with Birmingham and the East Midlands, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield.

Transporting enormous concrete blocks to build the new railway line just isn’t feasible given the size and the quantity that the engineers will need to build the project; however, with these types of constraints and the need to reduce costs, emissions and disruption, HS2 project leaders have commissioned the use of ground-breaking 3D printing engineering to construct 3D printed concrete blocks on site.

This type of 3D printing engineering is the first of its kind for the UK

The first of its kind – the giant mobile machine with its robotic arm, will offer an alternative to the traditional method of manoeuvring pre-cast slabs of concrete. Not only will the robotic arm travel with the engineering project – it is also capable of producing lattice type structures with added re-enforcement which has been tested to be the strongest of its kind.

The scale, development, and delivery of this type of project is a first for the UK and could pave the way for other new construction and engineering projects of the future.

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