3-D Printing Disrupting Construction

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The world of construction is slowly getting disrupted. We are see a lot of new techniques being applied that are radically changing how things are being done.

One of the technologies leading the charge is 3-D printing. This is something that followers of this blog are well aware of. Over the last year, I detailed a number of developments in the area of manufacturing and construction that are making an impact.

Some of those articles are as follows:

This is just a sampling of what is taking place.

Largest 3-D Printed Bridge

We now have another breakthrough in the 3-D printing landscape. The longest 3-D printed bridge opened up in The Dutch city of Nijmegen.

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This was a project that was first announced in April. Here we are 5 months later, and the bridge is complete.

3-D printing offers a lot of benefits over traditional construction methods. We see a reduction in cost, less lead time, and a lot less labor. This is something that is witnessed across the industry, regardless of what is being constructed.

For this project, we see a serious reduction in materials.

“This 3D production technique delivers savings of up to 50 percent in materials, because the printer only deposits concrete where it is needed for structural strength,” added Bas Huysmans, CEO of Saint Gobain Weber Benelux. “3D technology is maturing and is becoming a serious option for faster, more sustainable and cheaper construction of, for example, bicycle and pedestrian bridges.”

One of the reasons that time can be reduced is due to the fact that it is not "printed" on site. Instead, the pieces are created in a factory, moved to the site and assembled. This is a more efficient system as compared to building something on site.

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The traditional method mostly involved bring cement trucks out, pouring the concrete into molds, and having them built that way.

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This technology is a very important step forward. The world is in need of advanced construction techniques.

Construction Is Lagging

When we look at productivity in this industry compared to manufacturing and the global economy in general, construction is lagging. If we look at the last 25 years, this is what we see.

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As the chart tell us, in relation to these two factors, construction is steady getting further behind. This chart starts in 1995. If we go back to the end of WW2, the industry is flat. It has not really moved in terms of global productivity. During that same time manufacturing advanced 800% while agriculture is up 1600%. It does not take a genius to figure out why we produce so much more food with a fraction of the people compared to that time period.

Construction has not encountered any of these advancements. For the most part, we still use the same basic construction methods form a century ago. It is true that cranes, compressors, and a few other technologies have helped the industry. Yet, most of the basic process is almost identical. As we can see, the economic loss is great.

Can you imagine if we were still manufacturing, say cars, the same way we did 70 years ago? Do you think the production would reach more than 80 million globally? If that were the case, we would have to employ hundreds of thousands of people (maybe millions) to the point where the vehicles would be unaffordable.

With construction, that is exactly where we are in many locations.

There is no way this can persist. To start, the world needs a lot of stuff built and quickly. The idea of affordable housing is at the forefront of many people's minds. With the transition away from urban areas that is going to take place over the next decade, due to the remote work concept, the rural areas are going to need a lot more housing.

At the same time, there is a global shift starting in the supply chain. This means manufacturing is going to be moving around. This means a lot of factories will require building.

Hence, new methods of putting things up very quickly is going to be required. We also are going to need to drive down the costs. 3-D printing is beginning to stake a claim to being an upcoming technology that is take things to the next level.

Projects like this serve as the proof-of-concept that is required to help push people towards bigger projects.

Here we have another industry that is in the process of changing right before our eyes.


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So sad to see progress but knowing the price of houses will remain expensive because politics, regulations and bureaucracy :/, at least where I live.

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Not really. This is going to be a global situation around the world. Do not look at things in isolation.

People are going to be migrating especially as remote work takes hold. This is going to cause serious impact on local areas. They are going to have to be competitive.

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Two cities in my local area are on the top of best places for nomads and remote work. So, I'm actually experiencing this xD

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It just reminds me of those old anti-piracy commercials that said " You wouldn't download a car would you?". We're heading to a point where you could.


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It this mind-blowing to see how 3d houses and other construction can be made imagine you making your house 3d model and then printed it using 3d printing machine
of course we need it to be cost-effective as well

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The cost is going to decrease over time simply because that is what technology does.

We are really entering a new era. These proof of concepts will spread and larger projects will be created.

The next decade will really change what happens in the construction industry.

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agree we might see people owning their 3d construction device so they can build whatever they want like spaceship and cars etc

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Soon constructing buildings using 3-D printing technology would be the norm.

I think if someone wants to use this technology to save on building materials
It will pay twice as much to use this device
The important thing is that it is available to construction companies and at a lower cost


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Yea 3D printing is fairly amazing. I am wondering if they will just make parts together in some factory then ship out the parts. The labor afterwards would probably just be lining up the parts.

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I think the first wave is going to be 3-D print the parts instead of using other methods of manufacturing. Then we will see, over time, entire machines printed.

It is going to be fascinating to watch how this unfolds.

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Do you even imagine if you wanna build you own home in just few weeks, that's really cool.a small step for man, a great step for humanity !! Maybe it's a signal to start investment in that kind of companies?☕😎

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Perhaps that will happen. We still have a long way to go before that. Right now, it is the basic structure that is 3-D printed in housing. Everything else still has to be done the same way, plumbing, electrical, etc..

But progress is being made.

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It will be interesting to know how they develop these new applications.

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