Modular bathrooms, complete kitchen concepts and even a whole house has been constructed using 3D printing technology. It marks the dawning of a new era in the construction of places, spaces, services, tools and parts. But how is 3D printing changing the face of our industry – for good and for bad?
“As the technology is refined, 3D printing could mark a new era in building houses,” states the recently published Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Farsight 2016 report. “[Through 3D printing] every component can be produced to exact specifications to reduce or even eliminate construction waste. Additionally, the technology allows for the production of complex shapes, helping to create sturdier structures using less materials and meeting a growing consumer preference for personalised design,” the report states.
Experts also predict the technology will print modern-day necessities such as plumbing, and even electricity, at the same time as a home is being constructed.