3D Concrete Coming to a Project Near You

Doug Enright 

3D printing is changing the way just about everyone does anything. While 3D printers are still out of the reach of most of the consumer base, many construction industries are starting to use 3D printers to make things easier during projects. Let’s look at how 3D printing could change the concrete industry and how it’s already being used around the world when it comes to building.

3D printing, for the most part, allows you to print just about anything within reason. Depending on the type of printer you have, you can print with a variety of materials. These materials can then be used in the building and construction in different ways. While the industry is still trying to figure out how to regulate 3D printed materials, it’s only a matter of time before they become a regular thing used in finishing everything from buildings to cars and more.

In China, an almost complete 3D printed apartment building has been built. Can you imagine living in a 3D printed building? Can you imagine the way building and projects will change when you can 3D print at home or hire a contractor who can do it for you? Right now, the most abundant 3D printing related to concrete comes in the form of concrete molds.

Let’s say you want to use a concrete mold or stamp that a contractor doesn’t have or that you make up on your own? A 3D printer can make it happen in no time at all. That gives you the opportunity to use the mold or stamps you want, without having to compromise on your creative or design vision. This can change the way you use concrete and other materials.

3D printing allows contractors and builders do more than they ever thought possible. Instead of waiting for materials to be shipped or delivered, they can do it themselves. They can print what you want, when you need it, and can get the job done on time or even sooner. If something goes wrong, such as losing a part, a broken piece, or something else, it can be 3D printed without waiting for an order to come in or having to special order it.

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