When you think of 3D printing, chances are good you imagine a desktop printer in someone’s home. Perhaps you’ll imagine a more extensive commercial printer that manufactures items by extruding layers of plastic polymer onto each other. The truth is that 3D printing technology offers so much more to so many industries– including residential and commercial construction.
Is This Technology Viable?
In a word, yes. 3D construction printing is possible thanks to significant advances in technology and building materials. Companies like PERI are at the forefront of the industry. PERI leads the industry with new techniques that allow buildings to be 3D printed with relative ease.
How Does the Technology Work?
3D construction printing works like any other type of printing. An extruder lays down layers of material atop one another, following a preprogrammed outline. The differences are in scale (entire buildings vs. small plastic items) and materials (concrete vs. plastic or printing filament).
What are the Benefits of 3D Construction Printing?
You’ll find a wide range of benefits with 3D printing. It promises to alleviate the affordable housing shortage. It does this by reducing the time required to construct homes and apartment buildings and reducing the raw materials necessary. For instance, PERI’s COBOD BOD2 only requires two people to operate, saving time and money.
There are other benefits, as well. 3D printed buildings are solid and durable, capable of standing up to extreme weather and natural disasters. For the first time, customization comes included – offering true personalization in shapes, surfaces, and colors!
Ultimately, 3D construction printing is here to stay. It’s already revolutionizing the construction industry and will play a larger and larger role over time. Eden has taken an industry leading approach to community development using this powerful technology.