There is buzz around the idea of implementing 3D printing within the construction sector. The construction industry always comes with many challenges, some of which includes, tight schedules and budgets, additionally managing to finish within the deadlines is also quite crucial. Those within the industry are looking for new and innovative ways to fill this gap. Tractus3D sees 3D printing in construction offering a significant potential within the construction industry by increasing efficiency in the building sector. How exactly 3D printing increases efficiency are the following benefits.
3D printing makes it possible to get certain aspects done much quicker compared to traditional methods, this is due to the fact that if something is being 3D printed, it becomes less reliant and dependent on outside factors. There has already been a house that was 3D printed completely in a matter of days, so if an entire house can be printed in days, it is easy to understand and see that 3D printing brings it’s benefits.
But 3D can’t just be designated to building houses, creating different moulds for pillars and other architectural designs can be made with 3D printing, allowing those within the construction industry to get them much quicker.
Not saying that 3D printing will eliminate waste when it comes to the construction industry. It can help reducing the waste that comes with construction. 3D printing does not use more materials than is necessary when creating a structured. Due to traditional methods, construction in general has always been a wasteful industry, that construction waste totals more than a billion tons each year, and it continues to grow.
The implementation of 3D printing helps reduces these numbers, especially when paired with other waste-reducing methods already implemented within the construction industry. With zero-waste being a possibility, with potential innovations within both industries.
What 3D printing is commonly known for is for the ability to have complete freedom when it comes to design. Within the construction industry that is no different. It may be an Architects dream to be able to build complexed designs with limited constraints. When in most cases things might have been too expensive, labour-intensive to create or simply just not possible, 3D printing can allow this kind of innovation and creativity and a whole lot more.
From simple shapes, to the most complexed artistic design, to unconventional shapes, 3D printing makes this possible, which just assures us that the construction industry can definitely make more use of 3D printing and all the benefits that comes with it. Created it on paper and watch the creation come to life, with the help of 3D printing.
When it comes to construction, human error could be interpreted as two different aspects. One aspect is that, of course there could be errors if people are working on it, but when you apply 3D printing, the errors that occurs are reduced immensely and there is less work that needs to be done, which just adds to the quickness and efficiency.
Secondly, certain aspects of the construction is just dangerous when it comes to the jobsite. With the help of 3D printing, certain aspects that were once dangerous to do, could now be substituted with 3D printing. This reduces the number of injuries and allowing employees to focus on other parts of construction.
The potential for 3D printing is there and it would be silly to ignore all the benefits that 3D printing brings with it. The technology will always improve and just continue to bring different benefits with it. In the end we see 3D printing as a viable solution that offers different benefits when it comes to saving costs but also being more environmentally beneficial.