The future is here: 3D printing in architecture and construction

    Over the past few years, 3D printing technology has moved to a qualitatively new level, which allowed their widespread use in architecture and construction. The number of materials with which printers can work has expanded, respectively, technological polymers and alloys are widely used, guaranteeing a combination of ease of processing and high detail.

    According to the forecasts of 3D printing researcher Terry Walters, by 2020 the share of finished products in this market will be equal to the share of prototypes. Thus, the technology has now proved its uniqueness and exceptional advantages, confirmed by examples of leading designers and designers.

    From theory to practice (GSAPP, ETHZ and USC)

    In the laboratory (N) certaintiesunder the auspices of the GSAPP School of Architecture at Columbia University, 3D printers are used for intermediate design at all stages of the implementation of building plans and art objects. The ideology of the local scientific school is to explore the possibilities for the total transformation of society, in which logistics and isolated production from remote suppliers will be a thing of the past, since it will be possible to test any item by printing a layout, and the product will be made on the spot. Matias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio

    became one of the first researchers in the academic environmentfrom the Higher Technical School of Zurich (ETHZ). Their experiments are related to assessing the accuracy and quality of the implementation of complex architectural forms using a robotic arm mounted on a freight trailer. Their Pike Loop installation was created by gradually adding hardened material to the product.


    Professor Behroh Hoshnevis of the University of Southern California is developing the Contour Crafting line , based on the possibility of layering the ceramic composition on frames. In the future, this algorithm allows you to print finished living quarters with utilities.


    RPI Student Projects

    Modern technical education takes significant steps into the future, focusing students on creating turnkey solutions. In the USA at the RPI School of Architecturestudents of architects for several years have been presenting, in addition to the diploma project documentation, a model printed on a 3D printer. Products are created using rapid prototyping - rapid prototyping - as 3D printing is called in a different way.


    Layouts for construction companies

    3D printing is actively used in projects of construction companies. Prototypster 3D printing service develops models and produces layoutsfor Sibakademstroy, whose employees have long discovered this effective tool: printing construction projects takes no more than 10 days, unlike manual prototyping, which can take a month of precious time. In addition to speed, another advantage of 3D printing is important for the company - the ability to duplicate, which helps if necessary to demonstrate the layout in several geographical points at the same time.


    Strength calculations and style development

    An exclusive layout of the column building was presented by California-based Emerging Objects. Their development in a number of provisions is based on the construction practices of the ancient Incas, who lived on the territory of modern Peru in seismically dangerous zones. The column is able to withstand powerful shocks and withstand any natural disasters.


    With the help of working out on 3D mock-ups, the construction of the legendary Segrada Familia church according to the unfinished project of Antonio Gaudi is now being completed . Detailing the stucco molding and complex Gothic forms required the inclusion of a host of modern technologies in order to reproduce the nuances of style conceived by the brilliant architect.



    A variety of architectural projects that actively use 3D printing is becoming richer every year. Today, in a significant number of construction industries, the manufacture of such models is not only more clear and understandable for the client, but also more economical. Among the additional advantages, it is possible to duplicate identical copies for the customer, designer and builder, which avoids the time and other resources.

    Prototypster is a wide range of capabilities for the manufacture of high-precision 3D-models and ready-made prototypes. We individually approach each order, using professional equipment and more than 20 materials to choose from for work. With us, design and engineering surveys reach a new level, and practical models with impressive detail come to replace the drawings.

    If you need to make the details of the layout of a building, residential complex, landscape sector, then our experts are ready to help you choose the right materials and technologies for 3D printing.

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