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Royal showcase for 3D concrete printing innovators

by Mark Cantrell
ChangeMaker 3D has been showcased in a commemorative royal book.

A sustainable tech company that has set its sights on shaking up infrastructure and construction projects has landed itself a royal position; kind of.

ChangeMaker 3D – describing itself as ‘printfrastructure’ innovators – has been showcased in a commemorative royal book. That’s quite a coup for posterity, if nothing else, but the company says it represents an important win for 3D printing.

The company is featured in a double-page spread in King Charles III: The Leadership and Vision of a Modern Monarch, by royal author Robert Jobson.

ChangeMaker 3D’s dedicated spread tells the story of this local husband-and-wife team – Natalie and Luke Wadley – who are passionate about creating a sustainable built environment; they co-founded the company in 2017.

It explains how they’ve bought an unorthodox approach to working with companies such as United Utilities, and Skanska Costain STRABAG JV (the London tunnels contractor for HS2) to demonstrate the benefits of 3D printed infrastructure, or ‘Printfrastructure’.

Reflecting on ChangeMaker 3D’s inclusion in the book, Natalie said: “It’s a true honour to be featured as one of 75 organisations representing the forward-thinking, sustainable values that the monarchy is advocating for the future of the UK. As innovators and disruptors, we are encouraging the construction sector to print like our planet depends on it.

“This gives important profile to an innovative technology that has the potential to deliver green growth for the UK. We are proving that 3D printing brings benefits in terms of greener infrastructure, jobs and skills.”

Tests are said to have shown the technology delivers major benefits in terms of being safer, more environmentally friendly, and enabling greater productivity in construction.

During its work with Skanska Costain STRABAG JV, ChangeMaker 3D created the UK’s first onsite Printfrastructure Hub.

The firm proudly demonstrated the first onsite 3D print of a concrete asset in the rail industry that has since gone through an independent design check and will be installed as part of the HS2 programme. Their collaboration also formed part of the National Railway Museum’s innovation platform.

Last year, the innovators also worked with United Utilities to deliver the UK’s first 3D concrete printed asset for the water sector – a wastewater distribution chamber.

In publishing the book, publisher St James’s House took King Charles III’s 75th birthday as the opportunity to launch the beautifully illustrated showcase. It reflects on the ideas King Charles has championed throughout his life, and delves into how he intends to shape the monarchy of tomorrow, highlighting the work of selected organisations.

ChangeMaker 3D was selected for the team’s strong approach to environmental and social sustainability. Natalie and Luke were among 400 attending guests and members of the press to be invited to the launch at Claridge’s.

Main image: ChangeMaker 3D’s co-founders, husband-and-wife team Luke and Natalie Wadlay, at the book launch

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