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AI and 3D printers build a 180 meter high dam on the Tibetan Plateau

the tallest 3D printed structure in the world

According to reports, China is building a 180-meter-tall hydroelectric dam on the Tibetan Plateau using AI and construction robots such as 3D printers. When completed, this ambitious project will bear the title of the largest 3D printed structure in the world without any human labor.

The innovative technology will relieve human beings from heavy and dangerous work. Use unmanned construction machines fully guided by artificial intelligence, with 3D printing technology, the structure will be built slice by slice. Unmanned bulldozers and paving stones will turn the delivered materials into a new construction layer, while with the help of rollers they will be put in place.

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an autonomous process without human intervention

China is already very developed in the field of 3D printing, and this is the first time that it has used a 100% autonomous process, without the need for human presence on the site. Part of the Yangqu Hydropower Plant is expected to be completed in 2024, while full completion will follow in 2025. According to the video below by CGTNthe dam will send about 5 billion KW hours of electricity to China each year, which is equivalent to the energy that 1.5 million tons of coal would produce.

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