3D printers have been around since the 1980s, but only recently has the global production world taken notice. The applications for use in construction seem self-explanatory, since building something from basic materials is what the construction business does.
Considering the competitive nature of the construction industry, 3D printing offers contractors an innovative way to set themselves apart from their competitors. To prove this point, here are a few advantages that using a 3D printer could give to the construction field.
Faster and accurate construction
A 3D printer transfers the digital model into a physical one; errors that arise can only be due to faults in the digital model or the materials used.
Where a project may sometimes take weeks–or months—to complete, 3D printers can often finish a project in a matter of hours or days. An entire house was once constructed in 24 hours! This allows contractors to move onto other projects sooner.
Recycled products can be used to produce the construction materials used in 3D printers.
One of the biggest benefits that 3D printers have presented to construction workers is a reduction in injuries in the field. Not only do workers have an easier time doing their job, but employers have less worker’s compensation paperwork to wade through due to injuries on the job. On-site injuries will be reduced by replacing dangerous jobs on site with printing processes.
Reduced Material Costs
3D Printing can also reduce material costs. Components can be printed to order during the construction phase; those that are not used can be recycled. Builders and GCs don’t have to order in bulk because they’ll know exactly how much material they need. Not only is this a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to build, but it also results in reduce costs for the contractor.
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