MAPEI innovation meets 3D technology to build homes

DEERFIELD BEACH, Florida–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MAPEI Corporation, a leading manufacturer of building materials for the building industry, and Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, a leading supplier of large-scale 3D construction printers, announced a strategic research, development and manufacturing for 3D construction -printing industry.

The first collaboration resulting from this partnership, Planitop 3D, is designed to work with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers to deliver improved performance at a fraction of the cost of existing building materials. Held to the highest quality standards, each layer of Planitop 3D is designed to quickly install and support each layer printed above, saving time, reducing materials and increasing jobsite efficiency.

The official launch of Planitop 3D occurred at the site of a housing project in Virginia, in which 3D contracting group Alquist 3D will use NEXCON printers and innovative new mortar to 3D print 200 new homes. Alquist 3D is an innovative builder committed to helping rural communities through the use of advanced technology.

“MAPEI has always been known for its innovation and helping communities across the country,” said Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI Corporation. “These 3D-printed houses and other structures printed with Planitop 3D and Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers represent technology at its most compassionate and innovative.

Michael Woods, COO/CEO of Big Sun Holdings, the parent company of Black Buffalo 3D, said, “The team at Black Buffalo 3D recognized the need for material standardization to drive the next phase of growth in the 3d construction industry. MAPEI was able to improve on the formula our team developed and take it to the next level, outperforming any product on the market – at a cost that makes 3D printing of homes, buildings and buildings possible. infrastructure at almost all levels.

Planitop 3D is now available across North America through MAPEI. The cement-based construction ink/mortar was developed through years of research, testing, and evaluation by independent and in-house materials scientists at MAPEI, Black Buffalo 3D, and various third-party labs, including Intertek, who is based in York, PA. .

Kevin Smith, MAPEI Corporation’s National Sales Manager – Concrete Restoration Systems, said, “We were confident that we could partner with Black Buffalo and their full line of 3D printers to provide an exceptional solution because this technology is present in our wheelhouse. Black Buffalo 3D met with our R&D team and we quickly developed the right solution for this project – it’s called Planitop 3D.”

Planitop 3D is currently being verified to meet the ICC-ES AC509 standard for 3D printed walls. Black Buffalo 3D is the first company in the world to submit hardware to prove its ability to meet these globally recognized criteria. Milestones that have already been achieved include several 13+ hour print sessions on NEXCON printers by the Black Buffalo 3D team in Elizabeth, NJ, and a host of successful tests for strength, usability, resilience and longevity, life expectancy. The verification process follows the strict testing requirements of the ICC-ES AC509 guideline for 3D printed walls. More than 50 countries recognize this directive for 3D printed walls. Official results and reports are expected to be released soon.

“MAPEI is proud to participate in this evolution of the construction and housing market,” said Di Geso.


Founded in 1937 in Milan, MAPEI is today one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemicals for the building industry and has contributed to the construction of some of the most important architectural and infrastructural works in the world. With 91 subsidiaries operating in 57 countries and 84 manufacturing plants in 35 different countries, the Group employs approximately 11,000 people worldwide. The foundations of the company’s success are specialization, internationalization, research and development and sustainability.

Based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, MAPEI in North America includes subsidiaries MAPEI Corporation (for the United States), MAPEI Inc. (for Canada) and MAPEI Caribe (for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands), whose 18 facilities collectively have a workforce of more than 1,600 employees. MAPEI’s facilities have been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards. An environmentally conscious manufacturer that reinvests 5% of its revenue in R&D, MAPEI provides training to architects, contractors, installers and distributors through the through the MAPEI Technical Institute. To learn more about MAPEI, visit or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734).

About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation ( is the New York-based US subsidiary of HN Inc. co. ltd. – formerly Hyundai BS&C Co. Ltd. – and subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the world’s leading supplier of intelligent 3D construction printers (3DCP), a proprietary construction “ink” (Planitop 3D) and 3D printing construction consulting services. Print smart, sustainable infrastructure on demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers available now. Stay tuned for updates on our customers’ projects and the development of breakthrough 3D build ink materials.