Mapei’s Planitop 3D Mortar/Ink Technology Receives Innovation Award

Mapei's Planitop 3D Mortar/Ink Technology Receives Innovation Award

Planitop 3D, Mapei Corporation’s mortar/ink technology, was honored with the Expert’s Choice award for Disruptive Innovation in Concrete Construction Materials at the 2024 Innovative Product Awards, which was held in conjunction with the World of Concrete tradeshow. Combined with printing technology from Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, Planitop 3D has been used to print homes for Habitat for Humanity in Newport News, Virginia. It is also the only readily available construction mortar/ink to be internationally coded by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and found to meet AC509 code requirements for “bearing, nonbearing, and shear walls up to 40′ [12.2 m] in height.” Planitop 3D is designed to meet the evolving needs of modern construction projects, offering superior strength, durability and ease of use. Its advanced formulation enables precise and efficient 3D printing, empowering architects, engineers and contractors to bring their visionary designs to life with confidence. 3D-printing technology allows for construction at a fraction of the cost of regular construction, helping to address the shortage of affordable single-family homes and putting home ownership within reach in an innovative, efficient and affordable manner.