Have you ever thought about constructing a massive structure using a computer and a 3D printer?
The 3D printing technique in construction has been around for quite some time. The self-supporting properties of 3D printing open up completely new possibilities that cannot be done using conventional construction methods. 3D printing structures are built with super-large printers and a special cement mixture that is thicker than the concrete required to support the beams.
In the construction industry, 3D printing can be used both to produce components and to print entire buildings. It enables an efficient and optimized material structure as needed. Concrete can be 3D-printed, saving time, effort, and resources compared to traditional construction methods. This method not only ensures durability but also saves architects and contractors a lot of money on construction costs.
While cement is more expensive, 3D-printable mixtures are cheaper than conventional and more carbon-intensive, and 3D-printed concrete elements use less material than conventionally built ones. Metals are more expensive to print, but in some cases, it may be cheaper to print a mold.
This method only requires fewer construction workers. But keep in mind, at some point traditional methods might be required.
3D printing is an excellent way for companies to change the view of those who worry about concrete construction taking on the world. With very low energy consumption, 3D-printed construction generates only 30% of the waste produced by a normal construction project.
Several startups around the world are harnessing the power of 3D printing to build homes worth living in 24 hours or less.
At Trinity, we give the students a chance to understand and experience the latest technologies to motivate them to work in their chosen field. Knowledge must be complemented by skill so that real-world projects can be undertaken to further the knowledge.