۳D Printing in construction

A 3D printer is a machine that connects with a computer interface to process 3D designs. Then, using an extruder filled with a hot, liquid material (almost like a glue gun), prints the 3D design layer by layer. In the future, this technology may impact construction.

As projects increasingly use detailed 3D models, 3D printing is a logical future progression. Already, firms have printed houses using giant 3D printers with cement and glass materials. In the last decade, the technology has rapidly progressed.

Its benefits include reduction of health and safety risks, the use of recyclable materials, waste reduction and the capability to build otherwise unfeasible design concepts. In the near future, some commercial project teams may 3D print building components, providing savings and schedule reduction.