3D printing is advancing in construction due to technology improvements and even codes in some areas. Read more on the advances of five countries and how their contributions to making this process mainstream.
AFTER years of talk and development, large scale 3D printing technology is finally coming of age and starting to enter the construction industry. The technique is steadily evolving from novelty, to practical application and the prospect of seeing 3D printed houses in towns and cities around the world is now looking increasingly likely.
3D printing is the process of creating a three dimensional object by laying down many layers of a material in succession. On an industrial scale, this has many advantages over traditional manufacturing techniques and has fast-become a valuable tool for rapid prototyping in the manufacturing sector.
If successfully scaled and applied in the construction and engineering industries, it could reduce on-site time and project costs. It also has advantages for sustainable construction, as very little material is ever wasted during the build process.
Several organisations around the world are now racing to effectively scale 3D printing and to develop viable solutions for the building sector, with a particular focus on housing. We’ve rounded-up the current front-runners:
5 - TEN HOUSES IN ONE DAY, CHINA
4 - CANAL HOUSE, THE NETHERLANDS
3 – AMIE PAVILION, UNITED STATES
2 - OFFICE OF THE FUTURE, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
1 – APIS COR, RUSSIA
Read on for more details on each project.Read More