Buildings created using industrial 3D printers reflects the promise that the technology holds for the construction industry.
A large house in China and a fully functional office building in Dubai are among the recently completed prototypes of large buildings created with 3D printers. However, before large-scale 3D printed construction projects become commercially viable, regulatory hurdles, quality-control issues, and safety concerns about largely untested materials must be addressed.
3D printing is not expected to replace human workers on a large scale in the foreseeable future, but it is attracting interest as a way to substitute people working in hazardous or dangerous conditions.
In the more immediate future, construction workers will likely use 3D printing to build and construct supporting building structures as an increasing number of architects and engineers utilise the technology.