3D Printing Poised to Transform Building Sector
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3D Printing Poised to Transform Building Sector

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One of the biggest innovations to emerge over the last few years has been 3D printing technology, which has developed in a variety of industries and is now used to create everything from simple plastic objects, machine parts, food and now even buildings.

Is 3D Printing Set To Change The Way We Build?

3D printing has been tipped to revolutionise the construction industry more than any other new technology in the last few decades, potentially changing the way that materials are created, transported and used in the final building.

The technology is similar to a traditional 2D printer in that it takes a digital design and produces it in physical form. However 3D printers come in different forms, as each machine has been created to work with a different type of material.

Despite appearing a new innovation, the technology has been around since the mid-80’s, but only in recent years has it developed into something which can become mainstream. Consumer available 3D printers usually work with a form of plastic, but there are now other models which work with metal and other materials which are used to make buildings.

One of the companies which has been leading the development of the technology for construction purposes has created a system called “contour crafting”, which employs a computer-controlled gantry to first create the walls of a house by depositing successive layers of a rapid-setting concrete-like material. This is set to become the standard process for additive manufacturing, the term used for building with 3D printers.

Once the walls are “printed” on site, floors and ceilings are then installed by means of the gantry. This method of construction has huge cost and time saving benefits, and could also help to drastically improve efficiency by cutting the amount of wasted material used and the energy it takes to create and distribute them.

Currently the size of the 3D printers available means that building this way will most likely mean printing it into parts which can fit together easily when put together. However some people hope that in years to come, entire buildings will be able to print in one go, enabling entirely new designs to be produced which don’t rely on supports between floors and walls.

Once building in this way has been established properly, it is hoped that it could be one of the best chances yet of helping the under-developed world to build houses which are cheap, reliable and extremely quick to produce, potentially helping millions currently in poverty.

For many the sustainability of the construction method is what makes it so revolutionary. “Industrial waste from demolished buildings is damaging our environment, but with 3D printing, we are able to recycle construction waste and turn it into new building materials,” says Ma Yihe, a veteran of the additive manufacturing industry. “This would create a much safer environment for construction workers and greatly reduce construction costs.”

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