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3D printed buildings are a new invention of the current generation which has the potential to solve many of our problems pertinently related to sustainability, reducing the discrepancies between the rich and the poor. In many emerging countries, it can solve the problem of homelessness.
The best quality of this method is that it helps to build cost-effective, less wasteful, and robust homes at a faster pace. The only thing that can hinder this motive is that the necessary technology and skills are not available on a large scale. However, still, a move to 3D printed structures will be a great opportunity to create new vacancies and the necessary training could be provided easily.
Currently, 3D printing is already being used to transform many industries. One example is that of HP. The technology giant is now working on the possibility of composite plastic/metal parts along with mixed material 3D printing. HP started with prototyping and then moved to production parts. Subsequently, it moved to colors and then to metals.
You know what the food industry is also changing with 3D printing (I can imagine printing scrumptious Fettucine Alfredo) Oh! Redefine Meat has already printed steaks and is planning to beef up its game so that food production becomes eco-friendlier.
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So why people are going crazy over this innovation?
Allow us to walk you through it. With 3D printing, the building time can be minimized from two months to just 1 to 3 days. Moreover, the cost required to build one house can be significantly reduced to one-seventh of the current cost and the waste from construction can be curtailed by 59 percent. Got you excited?
Imagine what it could mean for the construction industry of the U.K. where landfills have to take up about 25 million tons of waste annually. So the size of the house will remain the same but with 3D printing, you will be able to construct seven homes within the same cost!
Since we are building humongous structures here, so we need massive 3D printers to get the job done. The printers use modeling software and print the homes in layers based on digital blueprints. Next, ingredients like cement, sand, and other materials are used to make a mixture. This paste-like mixture can also be made using eco-friendly earth-based materials like straw-chopped rice, clay, silt, and soil. The mixture is then heated and a printer’s nozzle then squeezes it out. Then the mixture is solidified by a concrete dryer till the basic structure of the home is complete. Once the basic structure is complete, the workers go for inserting electrical wiring, plumbing, windows, and doors.
Voila, your 3D home is ready!