3D Printed Skyscraper Could Clean Itself and the Surrounding Air
A 3D Printed Skyscraper that also cleans itself does sound like something out of a sci-fi movie. Well, it does sound like something out of ‘The Jetsons‘ to be more exact. And that it is, sort of. One such 3D printed skyscraper will be designed by a company called Arconic, under its “Jetsons’ campaign, aimed at paying homage to the cartoon show which was created back in 1962 and was set to take place 100 years later in 2062.
The team is working alongside futurists and other specialists in order to better predict and understand what the future will look like and what materials, designs and technologies they need to look out for and focus on. By making use of 3D printing technologies, Arconic will be able to create skyscrapers that have more organic shapes and are inspired by nature.
The building will one day tower over 3 miles high, and most of the materials that it will use are currently under development or exist already. What makes them self-cleaning, for instance, already exists and is a technology called EcoClean. This offers a great alternative to the conventional pane glass windows.
“The functional coating provides aesthetics, it provides maintenance benefits, and it also provides a benefit to the surrounding environment by reducing the content of pollutants around it,” said Sherri McCleary, one of Arconic’s chief materials scientists.
The science behind EcoClean involves natural light and water vapour that come in contact with the special coating, thus releasing free radicals. These absorb pollutants from the air while also breaking down dirt and other materials that stick to the face of the building.
Arconic is also working on retractable balconies that are currently being designed by Bloomframe. These robotic balconies are currently being showcased at various trade shows and will hit the market in the near future.
By also working with 3D printing technologies, the designers will be able to better build structures that will withstand strong winds found high in the atmosphere, as well as the colder temperatures found there.
And this is not all Arconic is working on. Besides the 3D printed skyscrapers, they are also looking at flying cars, something also reminiscent of the Jetsons cartoon show.