3D Printing In The Construction Industry

3D Printing In The Construction Industry8 strange reasons why 3D-printed buildings can really be in demand

The 3D print community is skeptical of attempts to create three-dimensional printed buildings over the years, although many have tried to do so.

It’s not that the technology did not work, it’s often not so. In some cases, when 3D-sized printers do achieve their modest goals.

Objections were mainly around these factors.

  1. Cost: The cost of materials and printing can exceed traditional approaches, which makes the method financially unworkable for those who consider it seriously.
  2. Incomplete: almost all methods of 3D construction printing apply only to walls. Almost never mentioned: plumbing, electrical treatment, surface finish, doorways, floor coverings, ventilation, windows, roofing or other important elements. I want to live in a three-dimensional printing house, not in a 3D printed cave.
  3. Labor: Many jurisdictions have problems with the local workforce. Builders can be inefficient, make mistakes that need to be corrected and rebuilt, or they simply can not fit in time. The robotic system of buildings will eliminate the human factor and provide a very predictable way to build the building reliably and efficiently.
  4. Corruption: We’ve all heard stories about corruption in the construction industry. Non-standard components, additional fees that must be paid to someone, unnecessary delays and other aggravating barriers to the completion of the project. The robotic system can reduce the likelihood of such phenomena occurring.
  5. Speed: A robotic construction system can theoretically build a building faster than people can do, especially with fewer errors. The Philippine experiment showed that projects can be completed in a few days, not months. This means saving time, which is attractive for the market of potential buyers.
  6. Unusual designs: until now this feature has mostly not been in the construction of buildings, but as soon as appropriate equipment is available, designers can go to the city to create very unusual and personalized structures that would otherwise be impossible to produce.
  7. 24-hour work: the robotic system is not paid overtime or in double volume, unlike bothersome people. Current projects, as a rule, are built only in the daytime. The robotic system can work without interruption (except for weather and lack of building materials) to complete the projects literally as quickly as possible. This is one of the goals of every construction project manager who is very interested in this prospect. Yes, machines can require periodic maintenance, but then you can simply replace the machine with another one.
  8. Scalability: if a robotic construction system works and is beneficial, what prevents you from getting another? There is never a shortage of labor because you could theoretically deploy construction machinery as quickly as you can buy them.

We remain optimistic about 3D construction printers and hope that in the near future it will be possible to develop one of the realistic functions. If so, he can benefit from all of these factors.

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