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Is 3D Printing Bringing Serious Change to Architecture?
November 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM
by Mamathaa Hemanth
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Dubai is planning for a fourth of its buildings to be printed in 3D models, already showing the potential of this fast-paced and time-effective technology which is capable of redefining and pushing the boundaries of the architectural industry. Because the technique emerged as a viable solution within the engineering field, and architectural areas, its popularity is quickly increasing. In fact, between 2021 and 2028, the world 3D construction market is predicted to grow by 91%, as per a July 2021 report by Grand View Research.

What's causing such rapid growth? Besides it being a faster alternative and having lower construction costs, 3D printing also provides affordable housing solutions and permits countless designing possibilities to the creative minds, among many other benefits. Thus, architects must adapt to this changing technological era, where speed and efficiency become the key factors in design and execution processes, the increase of 3D printing shows an enormous amount of promise. It could even help reshape construction as we all know it.

Here are 4 Ways 3D Printing Might Change the Architecture Industry

1. Save Time and Money

2. Seamless Integration

3. Added Layout Capabilities

4. Improved Perspective

1. Save Time and Money

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One of the greatest aspects of 3D printing within the architecture industry is its time and value effectiveness. Unlike most traditional techniques, 3D printed models can often be developed in just a few hours. Conventional methods, on the other hand, require many days, as well as a lot of human hours and skilled craftsmen, thus adding to the price.

Slow and costly planning revisions may be a thing of the past with 3D construction printing as a viable alternative. Its enhanced viability, productivity, and optimization of the construction process can give not just affordable housing and lower rents, but also shelters for disaster-stricken areas or a solution to more sustainable construction.

2. Seamless Integration

Most firms usually have in-house design teams using CAD applications. 3D printing can easily communicate with these applications to render scale models accurately, without introducing human errors, thereby integrating seamlessly within the design process.

Thus improving the idea of communication decreases the creative differences between the members of the team. 3D printed designs help architects visualize the structural elements of a project by showing how they work together. With desktop 3D printers, designers can create complex models quickly and without extending the timeline. Today's fast-paced construction industry requires designers to produce 3