As modern technologies develop, human life sees improvements in many areas. Better healthcare, better life conditions and food industry developments create a perpetual growth of global population.
As a result, the demand for housing increases. To meet that demand we need new homes – and a lot of them. Today, as never before, humanity has an urgent need of fast, affordable and sustainable housing. This need is partially satisfied by traditional approaches, but they take significant time, involve a lot of manual labor and high logistics costs – it’s all paid for by the end customer.
However, in recent years, thanks to breakthroughs in technology, a new approach to sustainable housing began to emerge – construction 3D printing. The new construction method has such benefits as high construction speed, relatively low cost compared to traditional construction, minimization of manual labor, uniformly high quality of buildings.
In addition to these key parameters there are also several others: 3D printing allows to eliminate construction waste — because you only print what’s necessary for a project and nothing more. As the printer can construct building walls in a short time – it significantly reduces the time of construction in general. Construction 3D printing opens up new design possibilities. An architect can design any form and shape, and the buyer is getting a dream house as a result. Walls printed using 3D technology have monolithic structure and finishing works ready surface. Moreover, since we have managed to create a mobile printing system, construction 3D printing allows the buildings to be printed right on the spot, which cuts down logistics costs and brings construction 3D printing directly to construction sites. – it’s a very important fact, which allows mass use of 3D printing in construction.
Although construction 3D printing technologies are very young, during the past several years I have witnessed many amazing developments and breakthroughs in this field. But there is still work to be done. Personally, as a developer of mobile construction 3D printing systems and the CEO of “Apis Cor”, I am aware both of opportunities and challenges that this technology is facing. Construction industry is a conservative field which hardly saw any major innovations over the course of the last century. There are administrative matters to be solved – because construction 3D printing process needs to pass certifications in various geographies. Apart from breaking barriers of paperwork, the technology also has to enter the common consciousness of people, who are used to seeing things from a conservative perspective.
However, all the obstacles that 3D technologies are facing today are just a matter of time. I am certain that the future of construction industry and sustainable housing lies behind construction 3D printing. It has already proven itself to be an effective technology and it has so much more to give. In my opinion, the key to sustainable housing is complete process automation – and that’s why I believe that 3D printers are going to shape the world of tomorrow.