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Michael Rosario, Construction Tech Review | Monday, March 29, 2021

The construction industry uses 3D printing as it can increase the speed of the construction projects and safety for the employees. 

FREMONT, CA: The computer-controlled sequential layering of materials to produce three-dimensional shapes is known as 3D printing (also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM)). It's useful for prototyping and fabricating geometrically complicated structures.

In the construction sector, 3D printing can develop construction components or 'print' entire buildings. Construction is a good match for 3D printing because much of the information needed to make an item is generated during the design process, and the industry is already familiar with computer-aided manufacturing.

Building information modeling (BIM), which has recently gained popularity, may make 3D printing more affordable. Construction 3D printing can enable faster and more precise construction of complex or bespoke products and reduce labor expense and waste production. It will also allow construction to occur in difficult or hazardous situations where a human workforce is not suitable, like in space.

In the construction sector, concrete 3D printing saves time, effort, and material compared to conventional construction methods. It's worth noting that 3D printers are not yet capable of producing a fully functional home.

Benefits of 3D printing

Reduced Injury

One of the most primary advantages that 3D printers have provided to construction workers is reducing accidents in the field. Building with concrete can be difficult and dangerous, due to which such technologies are a welcome improvement. Workers have an easier time doing their jobs, and employers have fewer worker's compensation paperwork to deal with due to on-the-job accidents.

Reduced Material Costs 

A significant reduction in material waste is another improvement. 3D printers use precisely measured concrete to develop the wall, floor, or whatever they want to build. Builders and general contractors will not order in bulk because they will know exactly how much material they require. This is not only a more environment-friendly and sustainable way to build, but it also saves money for the contractor.

Quicker Construction

Concrete 3D printers differentiate themselves from traditional construction methods in this area. 3D printers can also finish a project in a matter of hours or days, while conventional printers can take weeks or months to complete. As a result, contractors can move on to other projects faster, due to which more orders are met, and the contractor earns more money.

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