At its current rate of advancement, it’s projected that, by 2020, 3D printing will become a $5.2 billion industry. From synthetic human limbs to functioning firearms, state-of-the-art 3D printing is now making its way into construction. Here are a couple of the projects paving the way for 3D printing of buildings.
- After successfully constructing a 1:20 scale mock-up, Dutch architectural firm DUS has begun construction of a 3D printed house. Using its own onsite printer, DUS is printing building blocks, which it will use to assemble full-size building Lego-style.
- With partial funding from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation, 3D printing company Countour Crafting is working to use the technology to create buildings from high-strength concrete. If successful, the military could use 3D printing to build concrete field operations centers in battle zones.
As 3D design and printing capabilities become more efficient and affordable, so will the projects that include 3D processes. Could 3D applications become game changers for construction? It’s too soon to pass judgment on the merits of 3D printing as a widespread trend for building. But there’s no denying that 3D printing is gaining in popularity.
We’ll keep our eyes open to see where 3D printing of buildings springs up next. Meanwhile, tell us your thoughts on this impact of 3D printing on construction in the comments below.