3D technology is changing the way engineers in the construction industry plan, model, scale and construct structures. Today, engineers can take their ideas from paper to reality by using 3D printing to plan construction projects, develop prototypes and build physical structures.
As the construction industry becomes increasingly automated and driven by 3D design, engineers will need to learn how to work alongside 3D technology to control costs, reduce waste and maintain an upper hand on the competition.
Here are three ways 3D technology is impacting the construction industry.
1. Construction Modeling
Engineers can leverage 3D printing to build scaled-down models of building projects. By first developing prototypes, engineers can ensure more accurate full-scale production without wasting resources. Using prototypes can help engineers reduce construction waste and decrease production time when building the actual structure.
2. Full-Scale Construction
Engineers can turn construction models into full-scale projects by leveraging 3D technology to build homes, buildings, bridges and shelters. In 2015, a China-based company successfully built the world’s first 3D-printed apartment building in less than 24 hours. The project presented significant cost savings, as the total cost to build the structure was approximately $161,000.
3D technology enables companies to build faster and with greater accuracy. By 3D printing buildings rather than hiring human labor, companies should expect to save between 30 and 60 percent on construction waste, decrease production time by 50 to 70 percent and reduce labor costs by 50 to 80 percent.
3. Remote Construction
As 3D technology becomes more automated, engineers no longer need to be physically present as buildings are constructed. Instead, engineers can program robots to construct buildings layer by layer. Remote construction also enables companies to reduce labor costs and reduce production time, as 3D printers take a fraction of the time to create infrastructures.
Streamline the Construction Process with the CadMouse Wireless
Engineers in the construction industry must adopt the latest tools to eliminate waste, enhance design capabilities and remain ahead of the curve. Engineers should invest in professional tools that can streamline the design process without compromising design accuracy.
The CadMouse Wireless is an ergonomic design tool that enables engineers to work faster with more precision. The mobile-optimized CadMouse Wireless features high-performance specs, a dedicated middle mouse button and intelligent scroll wheel for optimal maneuverability. Users can work for up to 2 months without charging and can connect using a Universal Receiver, Bluetooth or a USB-cable.
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