Aectual dresses the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates

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If you’re interested in 3D printing and advances in ecology, you’ve probably heard of Aectual. On several occasions, the Amsterdam-based company has made headlines with applications made from recycled plastic. And the company just relaunched. On the occasion of Floriade Expo 2022, a horticultural exhibition being organized in Almere in the Netherlands, Aectual has collaborated with architects Pragma to 3D print a recyclable wall. The outer partition intended for the United Arab Emirates delimits the area dedicated to the country within the exhibition.

This isn’t the first time Aectual has made such a request. For CES 2022, the company uncovered designed partitions at the heart of the Dutch Pavilion using a large format 3D printer. This time, the wall printed by the company covers the 2,000 square meters of the United Arab Emirates Pavilion. Hans Vermeulen, CEO of Aectual, talks about the advantages of additive manufacturing: “ Large-scale industrial 3D printing is coming of age. This project beautifully demonstrates how our digital design algorithms offer designers flexibility in custom design and on-demand production. »

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Recyclable and reprintable walls

The wall is made up of patterns reminiscent of UAE architecture and is fully recyclable and reprintable. If Aectual does not return to the 3D printing process used, Aectual states that the technology has made it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 80%. compared to traditional construction techniques. But what makes the construction stand out is the ability to reuse all the elements to design new parts. In this way, the Dutch company has made sure to offer completely round walls. Aectual uses a plastic made from flaxseed, which was developed together with Henkel, and which can be recycled up to seven times.

Ahmed Khadier, co-founder and director of Pragma summarizes: “ The Claustra Wall, which defines the perimeter of the garden, was essential to enable an immersive experience of a very specific type of landscape in the UAE Pavilion. We wanted to leverage the inherent qualities of 3D printing as a construction technique that supports the transition to more circular construction in the buildings and cities of the future. »

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