Following the publication of the final report from the Danish Partnership for 3D Construction Printing, 3D Printhuset presented the findings in Saudi Arabia at The Big 5 construction conference, in Slovakia at Smart Building 2018, the leading construction conference in the country, and at the BIM Nordic conference in Copenhagen. The Danish company intends to make more presentations in April. 3D Printhuset argues that several recent undocumented claims about buildings completed in 24 hours and skyscrapers to be printed soon are fueling the interest in obtaining more objective information.
The Danish partnership for 3D Construction Printing, in which 3D Printhuset had the role as partnership manager, published its 108 page final report at the end of February. The report has generated interest from all over the world, but is unfortunately only available in Danish. As a consequence, 3D Printhuset has been invited to speak about the report and the findings at multiple construction conferences during the last month. SmarTech Publishing also published an independent market report and forecast in early 2018.
SmarTech’s report confirms that while the number of projects has increased significantly and potential is huge, 3D printing for construction is still facing limitations. These are expected to be largely overcome within the next 5 years, opening up a very significant business opportunity for the use of robotic extrusion and deposition additive technologies to increase automation and reduce labour costs in the construction industry.
“We made the report as part of the government-funded project and as the aim of the report was to inform the Danish construction sector, the report was naturally made in Danish. Since the release of the report has been known, we have been overwhelmed by the interest from the international audience for obtaining copies and we are now considering whether we should have it translated as a consequence”.
Asger Dath, communications manager in 3D Printhuset.
Similar to the demand for the report, 3D Printhuset has been requested to present the findings at construction conferences in many different places. There appears to be a large appetite for getting to the bottom of what 3D construction printing really can offer following headline creating news stories about buildings being done in 24 hours in Moscow and skyscrapers to come up in Dubai in 2022. Henrik Lund-Nielsen said: “We are happy to share the knowledge we have collected and presented it in an objective way. The truth is very much different from what the media has been reporting, and we believe it is beneficial for all, that expectations are brought in line. It is still a great technology with a huge potential, but present performance is not as mind-blowing as the media has reported”.
Commenting on The BOD, Europe’s first 3D printed building, which 3D Printhuset A/S completed last fall, Henrik Lund-Nielsen added: “When we built The BOD, we did not fall into the trap of promising too much. Rather we explained openly what went well and what did not go as planned. Such kind of honest information is needed for everyone to understand what can be expected from the technology and where the present solutions should be improved. We hope that others will be inspired by that in future projects, such that more objective information becomes available”.