Everyone knows that technology is growing and evolving in all aspects of society. The same is true in the construction industry. One of the latest and greatest technological advancements in the construction world is 3D printing.
Early research into 3D printing development and its construction potential started in the mid 1990s. Still, most 3D printing technology, especially from a construction standpoint, is still in its infancy stages. In 2004, a USC professor attempted to use 3D printing to print a wall. The first 3D printed pedestrian bridge was opened on December 14, 2016 and measured 12 m in length and 1.75 m in width.
3D printing can be used for individual components of the construction process or even the whole building. Not only can manufacturing happen on-site or off-site, but entire units can be printed in just 24 hours. 3D printing can allow for faster construction, lower costs, ease of construction, and even less waste produced because it is easier to calculate the actual volume of materials needed. Additionally, 3D printing can provide affordable housing, shelters for disaster-hit regions, and sustainable construction when using clay materials.
It is important to note that construction that utilizes 3D printing is just as structurally sound as traditionally built houses. As 3D printing grows in the construction industry, it could allow for construction in harsh environments not suitable in harsh environments. By just 2024, the 3D printing construction market is expected to reach $1.5 billion. 3D printing in the construction industry is set to grow by 91% between 2021 and 2028.
Magellan Construction is dedicated to adapting to the times and the technological advancements that come with that.To learn more about how we can keep your construction projects in the 21st Century, contact us today.