I had the pleasure of listening to Hisham Elkadi (Head of the School of the Built Environment at University of Salford) last year, it was a fascinating talk which covered many topics within the Built Environment. One of the topics was 3-D printing and the impact it will have on the future of construction. In short Hisham predicted the pace of change could and may well be rapid and it will affect many areas of construction. The Chinese had just built 6 houses using 3-D printing, the quality wasn’t high but the mere fact they had was indeed impressive. Shifts in business have to start somewhere, the big question for many is when will the technology be able to deliver the relevant quality and at that point when will the market have the confidence and funding to adopt it?
Watch this space but Hisham’s thoughts were it maybe sooner than you may think!
Foster & Partners has predicted that the evolution of digitally-controlled fabrication techniques will lead to entire buildings being constructed from bespoke 3D-printed parts in the years to come.