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Russian firm announces world's largest construction printer

•, James Holloway

The company's press release is a little hard to follow, but we gather a "standard" six-storey S–500, if standard is the word, can operate in a volume of 11.5 x 11.0 x 15.0 m (or 37.7 x 36.1 x 49.2 ft). However, its makers say it's possible to extend the last dimension to 80 m (263 ft).

The firm simultaneously announced the S–300, capable of operating in a mere 11.5 x 11.0 x 5.4 m volume (that's 37.7 x 36.1 x 17.7 in feet). This equates to a maximum two-storey building on a 120 sq m (1,292 sq ft) plot, its makers say.

We're joining the dots here, but since that 10 sq m plot is roughly what you get from the first two dimensions – the difference between the two models is height, and it's the height that can be extended to 80 m with the S–500. That being the case, were you to allow 3 m (10 ft) per storey, the extended S–500 would be able to print a 26-storey building – firmly into skyscraper territory.

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