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Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Since its inception, 3D printing technology's benefits are spreading like wildfire. It has proven to be beneficial in aerospace, medical, and other tool-making arenas. Is it same in the construction sector? 

FREMONT, CA: 3D printing initially started as a hobby, but now it has become the big buzz word in the market and is in massive demand in the construction sector. 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, is a process of manufacturing, which allows the creation of three dimensional (3D) solid objects by harnessing an array of additive or layered development framework, where finally a complete 3D object is created by laying down the layers.

Earlier, objects were designed by sharpening, cutting, and forcefully molding raw materials and then building an object through the usage of dyes and molds. 3D printing is the replacement of this traditional process of product manufacturing.

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There are various stages 3D printing has to pass through to get a complete blueprint and a 3D model. First, it takes data, which is graphical in nature from the computer, created by using a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) tool. Moving forward, the graphical data is cut to adjust separate object components or layers. The layered or segmented graphical data is received by a 3D printer, which further applies the much-needed mixture of raw materials for that specific layer. The printer then started adding up layer by layer until the design is completed and finished as per the criteria.

Here are a few ways in which 3D printing is revolutionizing the whole construction sector.

1. Speedier Construction: Here, 3D printers have indeed drawn a broad line between traditional and modern construction methods. In an industry, where project delays can be extremely costly as well as disruptive, 3D printing appears as a savior. 3D printing provides new tools that accelerate the delivery process and reduce risk. A project which can sometimes take days, weeks, months, or even years to complete, 3D printers have reduced the same construction time by 50-70 percent. It operates 24/7 and reduces onsite glitches and delays.

2. Reduced Injury: One of the greatest benefits that 3D printers have provided the construction sector with is reduced possibilities of accidents in the construction field, thus benefitting the construction workers the most. 3D printers are a welcome improvement considering that building with concrete is not only difficult but also dangerous. The workers can now breathe a sigh of relief as they have an easier time doing their work. Also, employers have to provide compensation for workers because of injuries at the construction place.

3. Reduction in Material Costs: Another significant improvement that can be noticed is the considerable reduction of material waste. 3D printers make use of an exact quantity of raw materials needed for the construction of walls, buildings, floor, or anything that the engineers want to build. GCs and builders need not order in bulk as they know the accurate amount of the material required. Thus, it is a more sustainable and environment-friendly method to construct. Moreover, it also reduces the expenses of the constructor. When combined with other waste reduction methods and building processes, such as lean construction and prefabrication, the chances of wastage become less likely.

4. Cost-Effective Construction: With the considerable amount of usage of 3D printers in the construction field, a dramatic increase in companies profits can be noticed. No wonder, it is the outcome of the use of 3D printers which have reduced the injuries, material costs and also saved the time of constructors. Some workers will remain, while others have to be let go as someone is needed to put all the pieces together. Thus, by learning and understanding the technology, workers get the opportunity to maintain their job security. Their earnings will increase, and so will the company's profits.

5. Durability: The testing of the building during its early stages of construction will continue to hold importance. However, 3D printers have contributed significantly towards the durability of the structural components. This is because of how the materials are built and the way in which they are assembled. More durable the buildings are, fewer repairs will be required. Hence, construction companies can draw their attention to other areas to drive profits. 3D printing is beneficial for customers as well, as they can comfortably rest without taking the stress of getting their furniture repaired again and again.

6. Design Flexibility: 3D printers have the potential to build and design innovative and unique structures. With the support of 3D printers, architects or engineers can be more flexible in their designing by molding the objects in whichever shape they want. There are no constraints in technical or in structural aspects. Now the clients can get unique buildings designed for them according to their wishes.

7. New Markets: Using 3D printer has brought a change in the market. It enables the innovative construction companies to work in the market, which otherwise was earlier not possible due to some organizations being resistant to change. 3D printers have set these companies apart from the rigid organizations.

8. Improvement in Branding: Most of the significant impact that the 3D printers have on global construction and will continue to have is enhanced brand awareness. Earlier, construction companies were thought of to be unsustainable, redundant, and wasteful.

With the advantage of 3D printers reducing waste, the construction enterprises are able to change the perspective of people regarding them, especially those individuals, who are very much concerned about the environment.

3D printing technology is evolving very fast as we can see it spreading its branches nearly in every sector. It has, for sure, helped the construction companies to move to a way cleaner and brighter future.

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