"As I sat in bumper to bumper traffic on my daily commute to Silicon Valley, I became increasingly frustrated at how long road work took only for the road to return to disrepair within a year." - John Smith
Monterey, California (PRWEB) October 15, 2015
On October 15th, 2015, John Smith, founder of Advanced Paving Technologies, Inc., in partnership with the UC Davis Pavement Research Center, will launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for core research necessary to produce the World’s First 3D Asphalt Paving Machine. The cutting edge road rehabilitation research will be conducted at the U.C. Davis Pavement Research Center in Spring/Summer 2016.
"As I sat in bumper to bumper traffic on my daily commute from Morgan Hill to Sunnyvale, California on Hwy 101 through the heart of Silicon Valley, I became increasingly frustrated at how long road work took only for the road to return to disrepair within a year. I knew something had to be done and by utilizing new 3D technology, I came up with a viable solution.” John Smith, founder of Advanced Paving Technologies, Inc.
According to the latest report generated by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2013 Report Card For America’s Infrastructure):
“32% of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, costing U.S. motorists who are traveling on deficient pavement $67 billion a year, or $324 per motorist, in additional repairs and operating costs”.
“Current estimates show that 42% of America’s major urban highways are congested” causing Americans to annually “waste 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline and an average of 34 hours” due to congestion.
They go on to state, ”The ultimate cost of poor road conditions is significantly more over time than the cost to maintain those same roads in good condition”. However, the budgets at the Federal, State and Local levels are stretched thin and the need to get “better results for less money” is the mantra heard at all levels of government.
To make things more clear, TripNet, a leading transportation research organization, if you happen to live in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Concord, Detroit, San Jose, Cleveland, New York and other large cities, you can expect to spend anywhere from $500 to $1044 per year in road related car expenses!
The 3D Asphalt Paving Machine is intended to rehabilitate broken roads better, faster, cheaper and cleaner. Typically, road rehabilitation involves completely milling down rough road, trucking the milled materials to recycling centers, re-mixing and re-delivering materials with a flat plate or “screed”. This process is extremely costly to governments, drivers and the environment. It requires lane closures, keeps drivers stuck in traffic and creates an economic ripple effect that hurts businesses.
The 3D Asphalt Paving Machine will utilize Lidar scanning technology, 3D asphalt mat modeling and a multi-segmented variable screed to deliver and compact asphalt material that will address any surface variation and minimize the amount of milling needed during rehabilitation projects. As opposed to the 2D flat screeds used in all current paving machines, the variable screed will allow road engineers to apply asphalt intelligently, delivering more or less material where needed to result in a smooth flat surface once compacted. This will provide better and more uniform compaction, which will greatly increase the life of the road and minimize the need to mill down the entire road surface. It’s the milling of roads that causes the long roadwork delays, increased costs and keeps people stuck in traffic.
The 3D Asphalt Paving Machine is a completely new innovation in road rehabilitation and the 3D printing industry. It introduces new 3D printing technology as a replacement of antiquated road rehabilitation methods that currently perpetuate a costly cycle of predictable road degradation.
This comes as a potential breakthrough application in the now more than 4 Billion dollar 3D printing industry. While many great advances have occurred in the industry such as 3D printed vehicles, prosthetic limbs, toys and buildings, there have been no applications for transportation infrastructure.
Professor John Harvey of the UC Davis Pavement Research Center spoke of the research to be funded explaining, "By delivering asphalt in this manner compaction and smoothness levels will be maximized increasing the lifespan of the road.
John Harvey, Director
With the new 3D Asphalt Paving Machine, drivers, governments and businesses will benefit from:
· Faster road rehabilitation process
· Less funding allocated to asphalt rehabilitation projects
· Better traffic flow in urban and rural areas
· Less carbon emissions from road work and nearby traffic congestion
· Less road related damage to cars and trucks
· Increased options for paving contractors
· Smoother roads are safer and save gas mileage
The research to be held at UC Davis Pavement Research Center has been endorsed by the University of Washington, UC Davis Pavement Research Center, The Transtec Group and Century Construction.
The upcoming launch of the crowdfunding campaign has also been covered by Equipment World, Digital Journal, Fabbaloo, 3D Printing Industry, 3Ders, 3D Print, SparPointGroup and experienced a massive response on a Reddit AMA.
John Smith, a resident of Monterey California, and founder and inventor of the 3D Asphalt Paving Machine. John has a background in electrical engineering and mechanical design, which lead him to design the 3D asphalt paving machine. Advanced Paving Technologies, Inc. is comprised of a team of 3 staff members all operating out of Monterey California.