Materials Innovations Transforming 3D Printing

3D Printing to Transform the Facade of Building & Construction Sector

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Building & Construction sector has been dominated by same materials and technologies for ages with hardly any disruptive innovations with regards to material technologies. The current construction techniques lead to a lot of material wastage, takes a lot of time to build as well as creates a lot of pollution. Moreover, these technologies are not viable to build complex and intricate structures.
3D printing has the ability to address a number of issues of the sector such as inability to create structures with precision, material wastage, requirement of more labor etc. The potential of 3D printing for this sector is immense as 3D printing has the ability to create complex and intricate structures. It also enables structures to be created with much less material and labor. Thus, the material and labor cost are minimal resulting in considerable savings. It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions, thus environment friendly.3D Printing also allows the buildings to be printed from any remote location.
3D printing in the building & construction sector is still in the nascent stage as the current 3D printers are not well suited to building large landscape models or buildings. Thus, the development of large scale 3D printers is the key focus presently. Novel technologies in 3D printing are also entering the sector that could revolutionise the entire building & construction industry like BAAM/LSAM.
The disruptive potential of 3D printing in the building & construction sector is huge especially in the context of other emerging technologies such as robotics and digital prefabrication. Although some jobs will be done by robots very efficiently but the sector will continue to require skilled engineers and architects as it is extremely difficult to make a robot creative!
The advancements in the development of 3D printing materials for the construction industry is still focused on concrete in most of the cases. The research efforts for the development of new materials for 3D printing for the building sector are facing serious hindrances in terms of adoption due to regulation issues.
This research service (RS) depicts the current landscape and the new trends in 3D printing and corresponding materials in the building & construction sector. It deeply illustrates the following:
•     the potential of 3D printing in the building & construction sector
•     emerging materials and noteworthy innovations,
•     regional technology development and adoption trends,
•     patent analysis,
•     funding scenario
•     a detailed technology adoption roadmap
•     and a specific focus towards Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), key examples and the impact of BAAM in the sector

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Research Scope1.2 Research Methodology1.3 Key Findings2.0 Industry Overview2.1 3D Printing is an Advanced Manufacturing Method to Produce Complex Structures2.2 Stereo Lithography, Fused Deposition Modeling, and Selective Layer Sintering are the Most Adopted Technologies2.3 3D Printing has the Potential to Make the Building & Construction Industry More Sustainable2.4 Presently, Contour Crafting is One of the Most Promising Technologies in the Building & Construction Sector2.5 Other Emerging 3D Printing Technologies Used In the Building & Construction Industry3.0 Innovation Landscape3.1 North America is Leading in Terms of Research Initiatives3.2 Netherlands, Italy, and UK are the Key Countries in Europe Leading in Technology Adoption3.3 Asia Pacific is Emerging With Focus on Sustainable Construction Materials3.4 The Sector is Experiencing a Lot of Government Funding to Enhance Adoption of 3D Printing3.5 The US Has Published the Maximum Number of Patents4.0 Assessment of Key 3D Printing Materials in the Building & Construction Industry4.1 Concrete/Cement Is the Most Widely Used Material for 3D Printing in the Construction Sector4.2 Other Materials of Interest4.3 ABS and PLA Polymers are the Key Emerging Materials For 3D Printing in the Construction Sector4.4 Nanotechnology Will Have a Major Impact in the 3D Printing Space for the Building & Construction Industry4.5 Innovations are Focused on Development of High Performance Materials for 3D Printing4.6 Stakeholders are Interested in Using Varied Materials for 3D Printing Buildings4.7 The Sector is Also Focusing on the Development of Customized 3D Printers 4.8 Other Noteworthy Innovations5.0 Emerging Growth Opportunity: Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM)/Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM)5.1 BAAM Is an Emerging Printing Technique With the Ability to Print Components of Unbound Dimensions5.2 Currently, BAAM in the Building & Construction Industry is at a Very Nascent Stage6.0 Technology Adoption Roadmap 6.1 Future Outlook of 3D Printing for the Building & Construction Industry7.0 Analyst Insights7.1 Analyst Insights8.0 Key Patents8.1 Key Patents – North America8.1 Key Patents – North America and Europe8.2 Key Patents – Europe and Asia-Pacific9.0 Key Contacts9.1 Key ContactsLegal Disclaimer




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