3D Printing in the Real World: Architecture

Every day we prove that the possibilities for 3D printing are truly endless. Here at GL Robotics, our expertise matches our creativity, which means, if you dream it, we can do it. Unique patterns, textures and shapes that we are capable of creating through 3D printers have expanded to never-before-seen realms of industrial fabrication. Now 3D printing and construction have the ability to go hand and hand in places that only concrete has gone before. Keep learning to read more about how 3D printing is replacing concrete cinders in some major projects.

3D Printing in the Real World

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing, has been used regularly for producing concrete molds for projects with smaller forms such as decorative façade, pavement, columns, and more. But now, with 3D technology growing at such a rapid rate, we can now create larger molds to create amazing architectural projects and one-of-a-kind art pieces. This means that we can provide our customers in the architectural and construction industries made-to-order designs specifically for their projects.

While tailor-made concrete forms are not new within the construction industry, the use of 3D printing is changing the way these forms are made. Now, custom concrete forms can be created faster and in a far more cost-effective way thanks to 3D printers. These types of forms and complex shapes typically make up between 40-60 percent of a construction budget. The time and talent needed to create the complex shapes requires skilled artisans and experienced laborers. This can result in extremely high costs and longer lead times to finalize the projects. In addition, materials are more likely to be wasted due to human errors. Yet, 3D printing makes even the most intricate designs feasible and much more affordable.

Arch Daily: 3D printed Houses

Since the beginning of time, architectural structures have told stories and sent powerful messages by their prestige and artistic design. Now it is easier than ever to make a powerful impact with sustainable construction elements that offer visually appealing and longevity. 

Projects that may benefit most from 3D printing include intricate spiral staircases, ornate door frames, or any other type of highly advanced structures typically made from concrete. The highly articulate designs that today’s architects dream to do in concrete, can now absolutely be done. Everything from ornamental features and non-slip surfaces to functional conduits, can effortlessly be crafted and integrated into nearly any project for optimal design.

The ability to utilize 3D printing within the construction industry is not simply better for your bottom line, but for the environment as well. Reducing waste needed to create molds as well as reimagining construction to reduce the weight of conventional concrete structures, can lower your C02 footprint. After all, less concrete means less cement and less fuel used by freight.

If you are interested in taking advantage of 3D printing for your own construction projects, contact us. We’d love to discuss our capabilities with you! 
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