“The big difference between 3D printing and manufacturing on site is that you’re almost entirely skipping the fabrication part. There are huge potential time, labour and transportation savings to be made, compared to traditional construction methods – however, the cost of 3D-printed materials is still far higher than regular bricks and blocks.” Source
- 3D printing is not going to replace brick and concrete buildings. I think it’s more going to be the case that we’ll start printing brick and concrete.
- The project is not about exploring new architectural possibilities but rather generating discussion about the future of design and construction.
- Existing 3D printers are only able to produce homogeneous materials that have the same properties throughout. But graded materials would be useful for printing architectural elements – such as beams or façades that mimic bone, which is hard on the outside but spongy on the inside.
- Robotic arms can be used to print in traditional materials, such as plastic, concrete or composites, or employed to weave or knit three-dimensional fibre structures.
- In the future, buildings may be constructed by swarms of tiny robots that use a combination of printing and weaving techniques.
The Technology Stakeholders
- 3D Printing Companies
- Construction Material Manufacturers
- Building Clients
Process of Technology Implementation
- Encourage Architecture + Design Competitions
- Research + Development to Create more Innovative Technologies
- Develop 3D Printing Construction-compatible Materials
- Replicate pilot in multiple locations worldwide
- Share new technology and best practices