3D Printing Technology

Historic Applications of 3D Printing

3D printing technology is used in specialized areas such as research development, modeling, the medical industry and in small scale production runs.

Benefits include lower costs and higher efficiency in producing highly precise prototypes.

Research and
Development
Art and
Exhibition
Medical and
Dental
Toys and
Characters
Foods and
Fashion
Historic Limitations of 3D Printing

3D printing began with restrictive pricing, a need for constant recalibration and limited selection of non-ecofriendly inputs. It was difficult to justify anything beyond prototyping or hobbyist applications.

Scaling Production
Print Size
Non-ecofriendly
Learning Curve
Advanced 3D Printing Technology
No longer limited to small scale, plastic materials

NexCon 3D Printers take the best characteristics of 3D printing and address many of the challenges found in the construction industry. The result is the ability to print structures remotely or on-site efficiently at a lower cost with greater sustainability.

Print Versatility

Ability to print onsite and custom designs. Black Buffalo 3D's state of the art construction technology is capable of printing up to 4 stories of more than 1,500 square feet on each level.

Material Versatility

With a wide variety of "ink" materials, Black Buffalo 3D's cement-based “printer ink” is formulated to withstand harsh climates, is recyclable and is stronger than a block wall.

Cost Versatility

By reducing material and labor costs by more than 50%, extruded exterior walls provide energy efficiency and printing affordable housing onsite cuts freight and logistics costs.

Traditional vs. 3D Printing
Time, Insurance and Material Savings
Significant savings compared to existing construction methods in terms of construction materials, time and costs with the added benefit of sustainability.
Traditional
3D Printing
Result
Core Resources
Materials, tools, labor related costs
Materials, tools
50-80% reduction unskilled labor
Period
Weeks
Days
50-80% reductions
Cost
$167-$333/square ft.
< $35/square ft.
More than 50% reduction
Material Loss (%)
> 10%
< 3%
90% reduction
Time vs. Cost
ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION

3D printing serves all domestic and overseas large-scale complex demands — while securing the iron core quality and prefabricated panel costs.

Environmental Impact
“Sustainable materials management (SMM) is a systematic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection.”
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Black Buffalo 3D construction is driving next generation sustainability by reducing waste, emissions, power consumption and material costs.

Waste

Mixing and printing structures to exact design specifications eliminates waste and the traditional requirement of utilizing casting molds or forms.

Emissions

Reduced project timelines, lighter transportation loads and flexibility to print buildings onsite or nearby, greatly reducing pollution and related fees.

Power

Several configurations available providing power to select liquid fuel or electric based printers that run more efficiently than standard construction machinery.

Materials

Sourcing locally available material to mix with our proprietary “ink” formulation can create reductions in freight, material costs and time to completion.