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As 3D printing technology is continuously emerging to be a functionally much-matured technology, the range of uses offered by the technology now seem to be infinite. 3D printing technology is now beyond the stage where it was initially only observed as a prototyping solution. From a simple artwork to ready to live in houses and also transplantable organs, the technology could potentially last until our imaginations die. With such acknowledgements, organizations are now trying to find their ways to incorporate this technology in their respective industries, whose applications could potentially extend from tooling to spare/replacement parts and sometimes till a full-fledged end-use ready product. While 3D printing looks like a most exciting new normal for organizations who are planning to streamline their prototyping technology, its prospects for the non-tech consumer world is also evolving rapidly.
Construction and Infrastructure industry is still among those who are struggling to explore an absolutely efficient way to automatize the process. The inevitable need of manpower under various stages of scaling up a structure was always a concern in terms of both overall cost of project hike due to increased inflation rate and also the occupational hazards. The time consumed by the conventional techniques of the industry before delivering a finished product also have been an unaddressed constraint over the years. Additive Manufacturing in construction is now seen as an option that could contribute towards complete automation in the infrastructure industry. The method offers advantages in various aspects like design, sustainability, efficiency and also addresses majority step backs over the conventional methodologies that are now being followed.
This work scopes for a comprehensive approach towards the advancement of technology in construction and also proposes research potentials, challenges, and the future scope. The potential of 3dcp for automation advances all other practices in prospects like exclusion of form work, precise design execution, waste reduction and extremely low consumption of time. Adoption of primary principles of the technology and making relative adjustments according to the needs of industry is the major concern that is proposed in this work. There would definitely be a drama that is witnessed by the industry due to the unimaginable change that the technology would portray in the near future once it comes into full-fledged operation in real time. The potential of the technology is so high that it could possibly also replace the existing techniques entirely with its extreme advantages. The incorporation of this rather new technique in right from a domestic scale to a multi-storeyed commercial spaces scale is expected in near future. The real-time status and futuristic approaches to be adopted are briefed in the paper and also the scope for sustainability over other practices are cited in this work.
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3D Printing Technology, Prototyping Solution, Transplantable Organs, Tooling, Sustainability.
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