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3D Printing Construction: sustainability and cost effectiveness

3D Printing Construction: sustainability and cost effectiveness

The concept of 3D printing has been around for some time now. The actual use of 3D printing and its adaption into the construction industry is really starting to take off. Architects and contractors around the world are beginning to build the first 3D residential structures including houses and apartment buildings.

first large scale 3D printed building in China

What makes 3D printing different to current construction methods?

The 3D printing is done using super-size printers which use a special concrete and composite mixture that is thicker than regular concrete, allowing it to be self-supporting as it sets. So 3D printed components do not have the same design constraints that may hinder current construction methods. In addition, curved concrete structures created through 3D printing can be hollow, using less material and creating space for building services inside the structural elements.

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Video: 3D Printing with Concrete – The Future of Construction

Not only could this revolutionize the construction industry, but the less expensive process could also affect housing affordability. Lower material usage and lower labor costs create a less expensive construction method which can in turn create lower-cost housing and infrastructure.

Bolt in a 3D printer

Chinese company Winsun has already claimed to have built 10 #D constructed housesit one day. The cost? Just over $7,000 per house. In addition to making housing more affordable, many architects also hope that 3D printing will increase their ability to customise homes and buildings. Earlier this year, Winsun took its 3D printing construction beyond single houses, building a five-story apartment building and an 11,000+ -square-foot villa. See more here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfbhdZKPHro

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