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Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The construction practices are changing rapidly, old workflows, methodologies, and practices are being challenged as offsite, modular, and design for manufacturing concepts are under development.

Fremont, CA: Human beings are natural engineers, and we have always used the resources around us to construct structures. That being said, the construction industry is always reinventing itself despite the fact that it was introduced to digital transformation very late. Currently, the industry has inculcated 3D printing in construction. 3D printing is nothing but the computer-controlled sequential layering of materials to create three-dimensional shapes. 3D printing is used for prototyping and for the manufacturing of geometrically complex components. It was first developed in 1980, but it was only since 2000 that it has become relatively affordable and straightforward. So it has become viable for a wide range of uses, including product design, consumer electronics, components, and tool manufacture, plastics metalworking, dental application, aerospace engineering, and footwear. On the basis of the technique adopted, printing can produce various materials, multiple components, and can use numerous colors simultaneously. The accuracy is improved by a high-resolution subtractive process that eradicates the element from an oversized printed item.

The Use of 3D in the Construction Industry

3D Top 10 Construction Tech Startups - 2019 printing can be used in the construction industry to create construction components or to ‘print’ an entire building. Construction is perfectly suited to 3D printing as much of the information necessary to create an item will prevail as a result of the design process, and the industry is already experienced in computer-aided manufacturing. The emergence of building information modeling (BIM) in specific might facilitate greater use of.

Being a relatively new technology, 3D printing is fabricating a three-dimensional model, or prototype, from a computer-aided design by successfully adding layers of material is now a standard practice in various industries, ranging from aerospace and architecture to medicine and high-end manufacturing.

Concrete 3D printing helps save a lot of time, materials, and effort in the construction industry in comparison to traditional construction methods. It is essential to note that 3D printers are still not capable of creating a fully functional house. Additionally, concrete 3D printers can also be used to print bridges, benches, or only outdoor decorations.

Companies are creating 3D printers, coming up with innovative solutions to revamp the construction industry. Already many houses have moved into 3D printed houses, and shortly, be able to deliver homes to rural parts of our planet.

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