Without a doubt, we qualify the 21st century as the golden age of 3D printing. The widespread use of this technology is so pervasive that it has penetrated even the corporate realm.
The use of 3D printers began in the 1980s, but it is only in recent years that the global production space took notice of it. The applications that are intended for use in the construction industry is somehow self-explanatory, since building any structure with the use of basic materials is the exact definition of any construction business.
3D printer machines offer us a sundry of applications beyond exhausting the supply chain. Multinational business organizations are implementing this printing technique at a fervent pace. It is because they see the various benefits that printing in 3D can deliver on their bottom-line.
3D Printing Helps Reduce Supply Costs
Industry insiders are anticipating that 3D printing will be of significant help to businesses involved in the construction industry and make it possible for them to save up to 50% on the cost of building a decent house.
Needless to say, this can easily become a lifesaver for every construction manager out there, provided that they have good access to this technology. Moreover, it is safe to say also that this can easily catalyze making the competition inside the construction space to become even stiffer than ever.
Increased competition in this industry will work to the advantage of the consumers in such a way that it will lead to lower prices for construction and project management services. This can signify a paradigm shift, from the rental frame of mind to an ownership mindset.
One remarkable thing that comes with the rise of mechanization and automation, regardless of industry, is that it causes a significant drop in the prices. If we are looking for a practical and cost-effective approach for building housing structures for the indigent sector of the society, the impoverished ones, then the 3D way of printing is the way to go here.
Project Planning Taken to the Next Level
At the core of every project is the design itself. Printing in 3D makes it possible for construction companies to create inexpensive models to serve as the visual representation of the project they are handling. 3D printed scale models of a construction project are advantageous in such a way that it will give us a chance to identify problem areas beforehand. So, even before it snowballs into a major hurdle along the way, practical solutions or troubleshooting steps for the issue can be implemented right away.
Printing construction works in 3D will help us spare the use of lumber in building the foundation and the framework of a house. We consider this as a milestone in the construction sphere but at the same time, it would easily and understandably going to become a frightening development for the lumber industry.
What is the Next Thing for 3D Printers?
Concrete 3D printers are not likely to provide us anytime soon as a way to resolve the seeming shortage for skilled workers in the construction sphere. It will not even help in eliminating the likelihood of human error to occur when planning construction projects.
What is clear though is that it is giving the construction industry a handful of promising opportunities to make it greener and cost-effective by virtue of considerable margins. While further research about this technology in printing further ensues, we have a lot of good reasons to see the exciting benefits that it will bring to the different construction industry facets.