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Largescale 3d Printing in Suspension

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Rethinking the way we fabricate and build

Existing manufacturing processes hardly and partially answer to today’s main Construction challenges, whether it is related to project control or environmental legislations and regulations.

Overspending due to inaccurate estimates, delay caused by cumulative processes, planning and coordination issues, wastage and misfabrication are common to every projects. On the other side, innovative strategies for sustainability and resource efficiency are sorely lacking in our industry.

Concrete being the most widely used construction material in the entire world, part of the transformation must come from its production and deployment processes.

By optimizing concrete consumption, increasing productivity, and reducing transport impact and carbon emissions in Construction, our approach and solution will be part of that necessary shift.

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Concrete consumption reduction

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Productivity rate increase

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Transport impact reduction

Technology

3D Printing the unthinkable in no time

Parametric and generative design tools make simulation, optimization, and rationalization processes accessible and open new ways and strategies to conceive and build our cities and territories. If solutions exist on the computational side, main limitations come from the manufacturing processes, especially for concrete.

We are making possible optimized design and prefabrication of freeform systems for the construction industry through an innovative, patented large-scale additive manufacturing process combined with a generative design approach enabling a fully integrated design-to-production workflow.

Launched in Paris in 2018, Soliquid is developing a unique concrete 3D printing process in suspension in a gel matrix. This process enables freeform printing without support use and allows for material saving, thus answering challenges faced by existing additive manufacturing techniques.

Initiated by Amaury Thomas and Jim Rhoné, both architects specialized in computational design and robotic fabrication; founded with Impulse Group, and with the logistic and scientific support of XtreeE, Soliquid aims at designing and developing always more innovative 3D printing technologies and softwares.

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Building the future of Construction

Making possible an efficient design-to-production dataflow by seamlessly combining cutting-edge software approaches with a unique 3d printing technology, our solution finds its use in a large variety of applications.

Next prefabrication

If precast concrete appears to be a strategic process compared to the traditional cast-in-situ methodology, it is still constraining what could be achieved in terms of optimization and aesthetic, simply because its efficiency is directly linked to the standardization of constructive systems, and based on industrial moulds.

Each city, and each building is different, and we need to allow for the production of optimized and non-standard elements at no cost. Allowing for mass customization with the efficiency of an industrialized process, our solution is therefore tailored for concrete modular prefabrication of constructive systems.

Next prefabrication

If precast concrete appears to be a strategic process compared to the traditional cast-in-situ methodology, it is still constraining what could be achieved in terms of optimization and aesthetic, simply because its efficiency is directly linked to the standardization of constructive systems, and based on industrial moulds.

Each city, and each building is different, and we need to allow for the production of optimized and non-standard elements at no cost. Allowing for mass customization with the efficiency of an industrialized process, our solution is therefore tailored for concrete modular prefabrication of constructive systems.

Eco-engineering solutions

Biomimicry is an essential key to foster the development of biodiversity with artificial solutions and performance of eco-engineered solutions is greatly dependant on their design and structural complexity. Bio-inspired design therefore requires innovative processes to achieve its natural intricacy. Our technology, by making possible freeform 3D printing in every dimension, allows for the fabrication of these large-scale organic concrete elements and systems, such as designed artificial reefs.

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WHO WE ARE

Thomas is an architect specializing in computational design and digital fabrication. He was graduated from ENSA Versailles. He has professional experience in France, Australia, and Thailand. He worked as an architect at Odile Decq, Ora Ito (Paris), Roland Snooks Studio, MVS (Melbourne). As a researcher and teacher, he was employed at Kokkugia, Sial at the research department at RMIT (Melbourne), New territory (Bangkok). 

Amaury Thomas

Co-founder & President

Jim is an architect specialized in virtual design and construction strategies, BIM processes and digital fabrication. He graduated in 2014 from ENSA Paris-Malaquais within Digital Knowledge Department. Jim has been working for 5 years in the AEC industry. He spent two years at Ateliers Jean Nouvel and three years at Trimble Consulting (formerly Gehry Technologies) as project consultant, focusing on complex constructive systems, design to manufacturing challenges, automation and optimization processes, BIM tools development and project delivery. 

Jim rhoné

Co-founder & CEO

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