Automated Building With 3D Printing: The Next Big Thing?
Howdy, my name is Garrett Sayre and I am the proudest member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2016 at Texas A&M University. I am looking to receive an Applied Mathematics degree with an emphasis in Economics. I began my adventure as a Business Development Intern at JBKnowledge, Inc. this summer and plan on extending my exploration of construction technology into the upcoming school year. Before joining the JBK team, I spent my summers in the construction field hanging drywall, being attacked by the all-mighty fiberglass insulation and taking daily 8-hour showers in dirt and dust. Now, I get to work behind the scenes and see how technology is exploding in the construction industry.
3D modeling and virtual reality technology are just some of the revolutionary ideas that really caught my eye as potentially monumental for the future of construction. We are working towards visualizing the smallest details of a building before they even exist. This leads me to believe an important technology to become even more widespread in the future will be the 3D printing of buildings. Being able to design a structure, develop a 3D model for it, then construct it using solely computers and machinery, the benefits are endless.
We are on the cusp of experiencing a huge breakthrough, as there have been advancements in automated construction already. According to Rick Stella of Digital Trends, The Zhuoda Group in China recently built a 200 square-meter house in just 3 hours. We are looking at minimizing the amount of resources and time needed, completely removing waste material, in turn maximizing efficiency. Housing prices will be reduced to a fraction of what they currently are.
Safety is one of the largest concerns in the construction industry. If we are able to limit the need for bodies in the field, we are able to decrease risk while increasing productivity. Architecture would grow vertically and artistically as well. Exotic and intricate structures would become feasible because we are already in a time in which imagination trumps old fashion.
We are in the midst of the Information Age, a time to let the mind run wild. Construction technology is expanding at the speed of light in all directions. There’s no telling how far out of human reach it will travel. I am just thankful to be a member of the JBKnowledge team, where it seems we are always a few paces ahead of tomorrow.