Video: NXT BLD 2018 London conference – Hedwig Heinsman, DUS architects / Aectual

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Aectual construction – sustainable, customizable, 3D printed. – NXT BLD London, June 2018


The morning keynote came from Netherlands-based, Hedwig Heinsmann of DUS Architects and Aectual. In her mind-blowing talk, she took us through her practice’s experimentation with designing and producing 3D printed buildings, together with exploring new environmentally friendly materials with which to print them.

Heinsmann explored a number of her projects, including the 3D Print Canal House, and the developments that her team had made in creating a reliable 3D printer which could produce building parts at scale. DUS has a factory which produces 3D components for other architectural firms.

The second part of her talk covered a new start-up called Aectual, which utilises industrial robots in construction. At the moment, Aectual has deployed robots in façade design, the production of moulds and creating complex and beautiful 3D printed floors.

View the other NXT BLD 2018 presentations

Mike Leach, Lenovo
Enhancing performance.

Rebecca De Cicco, Digital Node
How Smart Cities, BIM and Digital Construction will alter future skill requirements.


Marc Petit, Unreal Enterprise
The journey to real time.

Dr Abel Maciel, Bartlett School of Architecture
Design Thinking, Teams and Disruptive Technologies.

Dr Max Mallia Parfitt, Fulcro Group
VR and AR visualisation of BIM data: Changes in tech over the last 10 years.

Eleni Papadonikolaki, UCL Bartlett School & Construction Blockchain Consortium
Beyond crypto: Digital translformation in construction through blockchain technologies.

Marianna Kopsida, Trimble
Mixed Reality Solutions for AEC.

Dipa Joshi, Director of Assael Architecture
Smart cities & emerging technologies: Cutting through the noise.

Bruce Bell, Facit Homes
Pre-fabrication has had its day – Digital Construction is the future.

Andrew Watts, Newtecnic
Future Technologies for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC).

Andrei Jipa, ETH Zurich
Smart Concrete.

Stefana Parascho, Gramazio Kohler Research
Cooperative robotics in architecture.

Daniel Schmitter, Mirrakoi SA
Xirus: 3D CAD – From Biomedicine to AEC.



NXT BLD is organised by AEC Magazine and brings next generation architecture, engineering and construction technologies to life in an exclusive conference and exhibition. These emerging technologies facilitate new ways of designing, enhancing the use of 3D models, applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and offering new possibilities in digital fabrication and construction.

NXT BLD London took place on 13 June at Congress Centre, London in association with Lenovo. The conference covered innovations in digital fabrication, Virtual and Mixed Reality, design visualisation, AI, Blockchain and lots more.


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