Insane! China is 3D printing a massive 590-foot-tall dam … And constructing it without humans


A new Chinese dam would become the world’s tallest 3D-printed structure. Engineers believe they can build the dam within two years while eliminating the need for human laborers at the dam site. Artificial intelligence will control unmanned machinery to construct the overall structure.

Chinese scientists say the Yangqu dam on the Tibetan plateau will be built using AI-controlled machinery applying 3D printing techniques
Chinese scientists say the Yangqu dam on the Tibetan plateau will be built using AI-controlled machinery applying 3D printing techniques. Picture: Weibo

Chinese engineers will take the ideas of a research paper and turn it into the world’s largest 3D-printed project. Within two years, officials behind this project want to fully automate the unmanned construction of a 590-foot-tall dam on the Tibetan Plateau to build the Yangqu hydropower plant—completely with robots.

The paper, published last month in the Journal of Tsinghua University (Science and Technology), laid out the plans for the dam, as first reported in the South China Morning Post.

Researchers from the State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing explain the backbone of automation for the planned Yellow River dam that will eventually offer nearly five billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

But it’s hard to tell what’s more ambitious: the fact that the researchers plan to turn a dam site into effectively a massive 3D-printing project, or that through every step of the process the project eliminates human workers as they go fully robotic.

In the dam-“printing” process, machinery will deliver construction materials to the worksite—the exact location needed, eliminating human error, they say—and then unmanned bulldozers, pavers, and rollers will form the dam layer by layer.

Sensors on the rollers will keep the artificial intelligence (AI) system informed about the firmness and stability of each of the 3D-printed layers until it reaches 590 feet in height, about the same height as the Shasta Dam in California and shorter than the Hoover Dam’s 726 feet.

With the largest existing 3D-printed structures rising about 20 feet tall—from houses in China to an office building in Dubai—the exploration of 3D-printed projects continues to expand. Already we’ve seen a 1,640-foot-long retention wall in China, housing and office buildings across the globe, and now the U.S. Army has plans for barracks at Fort Bliss in Texas.

Liu Tianyun, the paper’s lead author, says that the central AI system keeps the robotic assembly line humming and the 3D printing on task at the Chinese dam site, while also eliminating human safety concerns and removing human error from the process. This could ensure the efficient delivery of materials and the precision needed to keep each layer of the dam in line and on the level.

With an already expanding array of 3D-printed projects the world over, if China can pull off this feat in two years, led by an AI system controlling a fleet of robots, that may open the future possibilities of AI-controlled 3D-printed construction projects.

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  1. Well Reza Pahlavi 2 the son of Shah made 30 minutes world wide speech shook planet…
    No one talks about it , Will Iran be freed or be 30 nations by Queen of London? Today Ayatollah Khomeini died and his grave was vandalized and put all human waste in to his grave… If Queen of London permits we will be soon opening US Embassy in Iran ….Other wise we see civil war in Iran.

    • China gave you much of the basis of modern technology and civilisation. Only Americans are so stupid and arrogant as to assume they invented anything on their own. Human civilisation and technology has been a relay race, going on for 10 times longer than the USA has existed. Just one example, is gunpowder. Without which mining of any scale would have never happened. China and Russia have long since surpassed most American technology anyway and without cheap Chinese components your navy would be nothing.

      • Says the royal subject (not citizen with inalienable rights). 1776 and 1812. Kicked your country’s ass twice.

      • You may want to investigate the White mummies of China which China has hidden. Also might want to investigate from (japanese own researches) the White people who probably conquested japan. Chinese are the one’s whose brains tend to emulate, improve on something already that has been done. Whereas it is the White Man’s brain which tends to bring things into being. I’m not saying the Chinese or other races don’t invent, just saying can robotic-ish come up with “original thought”? Look at Haiti or Africa for an example. Nature does not distribute talents among the races equally PROVEN TRUTH

      • I will add America is the PRODUCT of FAILED cult-ures of the entire WORLD. Or America would not be populated at all. The fact that Tibet cannot effectively change China for the better for most of Chinese’s own people shows it is just another defective vain religion which most likely came from Nepal which started from a White man’s mind which then got twisted. America could have successfully conquested entire earth after JWW2, but did it NOPE. Instead it allowed China and Current “Russia” to “develop” of course to the USA’s own detriment. China’s “leadership” has publicly and on numerous occasions has told the world it seeks conquest of entire earth.
        Whenever White man dilutes its DNA bad things happen apparently?

      • Most inventions are stolen or borrowed ideas, even if you take the idea from nature. End of the day, it was the HUMAN mind that created it all. Who cares about nationality when it’s the governments playing the cards to make us hate or dislike one another.

  2. Probably fail and kill off a bunch of useless eaters. Mao and his red brigades killed millions. They don’t give a shit about humanity.

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