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Materials Innovations Transforming 3D Printing

  • ID: 4418533
  • Report
  • September 2017
  • Region: Global, Global
  • 42 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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3D Printing to Transform the Facade of Building & Construction Sector

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
  • A specific focus towards Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), key examples and the impact of BAAM in the sector
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1. Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Key Findings

2. Industry Overview
2.1 3D Printing is an Advanced Manufacturing Method to Produce Complex Structures
2.2 Stereo Lithography, Fused Deposition Modeling, and Selective Layer Sintering are the Most Adopted Technologies
2.3 3D Printing has the Potential to Make the Building & Construction Industry More Sustainable
2.4 Presently, Contour Crafting is One of the Most Promising Technologies in the Building & Construction Sector
2.5 Other Emerging 3D Printing Technologies Used In the Building & Construction Industry

3. Innovation Landscape
3.1 North America is Leading in Terms of Research Initiatives
3.2 Netherlands, Italy, and UK are the Key Countries in Europe Leading in Technology Adoption
3.3 Asia Pacific is Emerging With Focus on Sustainable Construction Materials
3.4 The Sector is Experiencing a Lot of Government Funding to Enhance Adoption of 3D Printing
3.5 The US Has Published the Maximum Number of Patents

4. Assessment of Key 3D Printing Materials in the Building & Construction Industry
4.1 Concrete/Cement Is the Most Widely Used Material for 3D Printing in the Construction Sector
4.2 Other Materials of Interest
4.3 ABS and PLA Polymers are the Key Emerging Materials For 3D Printing in the Construction Sector
4.4 Nanotechnology Will Have a Major Impact in the 3D Printing Space for the Building & Construction Industry
4.5 Innovations are Focused on Development of High Performance Materials for 3D Printing
4.6 Stakeholders are Interested in Using Varied Materials for 3D Printing Buildings
4.7 The Sector is Also Focusing on the Development of Customized 3D Printers
4.8 Other Noteworthy Innovations

5. 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 Dimensions
5.2 Currently, BAAM in the Building & Construction Industry is at a Very Nascent Stage

6. Technology Adoption Roadmap
6.1 Future Outlook of 3D Printing for the Building & Construction Industry

7. Analyst Insights

8. Key Patents
8.1 Key Patents - North America
8.1 Key Patents - North America and Europe
8.2 Key Patents - Europe and Asia-Pacific

9. Key Contacts

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