3D Printing Could Be Future of Residential Construction

3D Printing Could Be Future of Residential Construction 3D printing technology has been one of the most widely anticipated new developments of recent years. It has gained both public and professional notoriety based on its sheer versatility and potential. From the healthcare industry to manufacturing, nearly every production related industry has begun to explore it’s benefits and implications, and the construction industry is no exception. According to industry members, there is huge potential for the use of 3D printing in construction. Eventually, it could even help reduce contractors’ property and liability exposures.

Reports recently surfaced that a Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-story apartment building, which is the tallest known 3D printed structure to date. The apartment building was created using a patented “ink”, which reportedly consists of recycled construction waste and surplus. The material is then coursed through a printer that stands 6.6 meters high, 10 meters wide and 40 meters long, which automatically printed the structure to the exact digital-blueprint specifications. The architecture firm claims that the 3D printing process can save between 30 and 60 percent of construction waste and can decrease production times by between 50 and 70 percent. The hope it will help make housing more affordable.

In Amsterdam, a team of architects recently started using 3D printing to create sustainable housing along the canals. Business Insider reports that the co-founder of DUS architects, the team behind the project, claims that in addition to creating eco-friendly housing more efficiently, the team also hopes that 3D printing will deliver a new level of customizability in architecture.

Proponents of these projects believe that using recycled and renewable materials in 3D printing will decrease the need for quarried stone and other harvested natural materials, thus resulting in a residential construction method that is environmentally friends, cost effective and non-labor intensive. Many construction industry members are excited about the potential use of this technology on a much larger scale, such as the creation of a bridge or skyscraper. While it is not yet clear the full impact 3D printing will make on the construction industry, it seems clear that the technology is rapidly expanding and being utilized in ever increasing ways.

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