Saving you time and money.
While 3D printing is still new and definitely up and coming in the construction industry, the potential it holds is immense. Viatechnik.com writes, “3D printing may make a drastic change in the ways that structures are built.”
But how? What is it about 3D printing that makes it such a positive asset to any construction business?
Printing models in 3D changes the way construction projects are done. Using this technology, you can fabricate buildings or other components prior to starting.
FreeFAB, one of the first 3D printing technologies to be used in commercial building projects in places like Dubai and China, creates wax molds. The advantage here is that it creates less waste than traditional mold-making techniques. Unlike ordinary molds that are made from wood and polystyrene, FreeFAB’s molds are made from wax. This makes it easier to shape them into exactly the right form you’re looking for. You can also reuse the wax.
The Economist explains, “This system also makes it cheaper to make even complicated molds. Making a mold for a concrete panel that curves along two different aces takes about eight days. FreeFAB can print one in three hours.”
FreeFAB isn’t the only construction 3D printer out there and while they all have different components one thing is for sure: They will save you time and money.
By using this technology, you will lower your material usage and your overall construction project will be less expensive. Plus, if you’re building molds anyway to plan out a job, it only makes sense that you produce them faster.
It’s hard to say right now exactly what direction 3D printing will take in the construction industry. What we do know is that it’s here to stay. We’re not saying you have to jump on the 3D printing bandwagon just yet, but it is something we suggest you start thinking about and researching. With the addition of virtual reality, building information modeling, and now 3D printing, the construction industry is going to be changed forever.