Japanese construction company Tokyu Construction has invested in US startup Branch Technology through its investment arm Tokyu-Const GB Innovation Fund. Branch Technology manufactures facades, monuments and other structures using proprietary 3D printing technologies.
3D printing makes it easier to produce complex shapes and curved surfaces. In addition, production takes place in the factory, which reduces CO2 emissions and labor on the construction site. Tokyu Construction hopes the investment will provide expertise in 3D printing of components to increase productivity and achieve sustainability goals.
Branch Technology has already implemented various projects such as commercial buildings that meet U.S. building codes. Now, the startup is looking to expand beyond the U.S. with the Japanese construction company’s investment.
3D printing technology allows new freedom in the design of facades and other structures. At the same time, it promises greater sustainability on the construction site through automated manufacturing in the factory. The investment in Branch Technology shows that traditional construction companies have recognized the potential of additive manufacturing for their industry.