China Going To Build Giant Hydroelectric Dam Using 3D Printing Technology

By: | May 15th, 2022

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3D printing technologies have shown wonders in every field of life. Now you can live in a 3D-printed house, eat 3D-printed meat, play with 3D printed toys and wear even 3D printed jewelry.

Now China is going to build the world’s first 3D-printed dam on the Tibetan plateau. China is using artificial intelligence to build this structure. Moreover, robots will be used instead of humans to build this dam. This dam is named Yangku Hydropower Plant. 

Following are some of the features of this dam:

  • The dam would have a height of 180 meters (590 ft). 
  • It will be constructed over the Yellow River. 
  • AI-powered bulldozers, trucks, excavators, pavers, and rollers will build the dam layer by layer.
  • The Yangku Hydropower Plant will have a power generation capacity of 5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). 
  • 50 million people of Henan province and surrounding areas will receive electricity from this project. 
  • The dam will be completed in about two years. 
  • Because of the use of AI, the chances of human error will be eliminated. As the result, the construction process will be smoother, and there will be no risk of any human injury.

According to the project’s lead scientist, Liu Tianyun, “Following years of testing, 3D print technology for huge, filled infrastructure had evolved enough for mass applications,” he said. “It would free humans from heavy-duty, repetitive, and dangerous work.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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