The latest real case application case of construction 3D printing was just reported in Guangzhou, where a power distribution room made with 3D printing technology started operating this week. The 3D printed electrical room took less time and produced less waste than traditional construction methods, with less human labor required.
When SmarTech Publishing (now SmarTech Analysis) made some bold predictions on the future of 3D printing for construction in its 2017 report, with this segment slated to reach $40 billion in annual revenues within 10 years, it may have seemed a bit exaggerated. However, the multiplicity of highly relevant applications cases that continue to be reported by media all over the world, seem to indicate that this forecast may not be that far out at all.
First 3D printed electrical room
According to Xinhua, the electrical room is the first of its kind in China, and was built using a digital 3D model. This advanced method of construction saw a 30 percent reduction in construction time and was said to reduce the amount of dust and waste created during normal construction.
The newly built electrical room, located in Liwan District, took less than 35 days to build, and required only one operator and two 3D printing technicians to complete the job.
Wu Xiaofei, a spokesperson for the power supply bureau in Guangzhou, told Xinhua that Guangzhou is increasing its efforts to broaden the city’s power supply networks and that 3D printing technology is an efficient, intelligent and eco-friendly way to continue this development.