3D printing in construction is moving from a cool concept to a practical reality quickly.
Over the past several years many companies have invested millions of dollars into
3D printing research and development to revolutionize building construction.
As the construction industry faces higher building materials costs
and tight labor markets, companies are looking for new and innovative ways to improve productivity
and reduce material waste. 3D printing appears to offer a promising outlook as the technologies
continue to improve.
What Is 3D Printing?
3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that makes three-dimensional (3D) solid objects.
Similar to how you can print a Word document onto a piece of paper from a digital file on your computer,
a 3D printer is able to print a three-dimensional shape from a computer drawing. Instead of applying ink to paper, a 3D printer
“builds” up an object by printing material onto