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DIU, Army Partner to Construct 3D-Printed Barracks

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The Defense Innovation Unit and the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command will jointly continue a project aimed at additively manufacturing military barracks.

DIU said Tuesday it will use ICON’s Vulcan construction system to produce a trio of 3D-printed barracks for Texas-based Fort Bliss.

Each barracks will measure 5,700 square feet and align with the Department of Defense’s new unified facilities criteria, which serve as guidance for additive concrete construction.

The effort aims to demonstrate how additive manufacturing can allow for the fast construction of resilient and energy-efficient buildings.

The partnership follows a previous effort between the Texas Military Department and ICON to 3D print barracks at Bastrop-based Camp Swift Training Center via robotic construction-scale technology.