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3D Printing in Construction: More than Overhyped Promises and Underwhelming Deliveries?

Written by David

November 9, 2019

The number one material used in the global construction industry is concrete.

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Concrete is expensive to use for construction, mainly due to the cost of creating formwork. The formwork is also a huge source of waste in the construction industry, as it is all thrown away at some point during every construction project.

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By some estimates, the construction industry is responsible for creating as much as 80 percent of the world’s total waste.

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Architects and designers are also constrained by the geometric limitations of casting concrete into formworks—unless they have the budget to have customized formworks created, which can be prohibitively expensive. Can 3D printing solve these problems?

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Problems with traditional construction methodology

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The laundry list of complaints with the concrete construction industry is well known. Lead times are difficult to predict and control, there are persistent safety issues (worker injuries and deaths), issues with manufacturing formworks on job […]

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