Inform:  makeSEA blog

Back

Is 3D printing good or bad for construction jobs?

3d printed house sxsw austin
(Quartz/Mike Murphy)

Now You can now 3D-print a house in under a day  

I love this discussion thread about the recent article by Mike Murphy at QUARTZ on 3D printed houses/structures and the impact of these emerging and potentially disruptive technologies.  There is a lot of concern for the future of the construction industry and jobs, which is understandable.

I live in California, where it costs more in materials and construction to frame a house vs. whole finished properties 5x in size in some other states. That means most of the budget goes into permitting, special materials and expensive and inefficient construction techniques - things that eat money otherwise spent on quality finish and detail by skilled professionals.

In a market like ours, what I believe this technology will allow for, assuming it nets out more cost-efficient, is more spending on finish work, professional carpentry and finish skills, vs. costs dictated by construction standards and code requirements. It will also demand a whole new class of labor skills to operate the equipment.

I predict the savings will be to the benefit of the home owner - and the quality of the result both structurally, and aesthetically - and not necessarily at the expense of skilled labor. Traditionally speaking, new technologies in construction techniques have fed the job market, not squashed it.

What do you think?

 

Comments
No comments yet. Please sign in to comment.

Check Out the makeSEA Mash Market® for a collection of useful designs related to this Wiki article.

Compel your audience with

Catapult

The fastest way to publish user-generated content and collaborate using Magic Leap spatial computing.

It's time to change the way you think about communicating, teaching, and design.

Time to change the way you capture and curate evolving ideas.

Use makeSEA + Catapult and Magic Leap spatial collaboration to share your vision and inspire your audience with content that you create.


Catapult your vision, in real-time, together.

 

 

It's as easy as a social media post:

  1. Create an account, start a project and upload your content from most any content source*.

  2. Launch Catapult on your Magic Leap compatible device.

  3. Share and collaborate using your own spatial content, with others together in real-time, in the same physical space and remotely.

 

Get the full details Click Here

 

Enabling augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (XR),
and spatial computing for everyday use.SM

 

for Architecture
& Design
Magic Leap &
AR/Mixed Reality
Content Publishing
for Education
& Making

 

for Construction
for Trade Shows
& Exhibits
for Retail
& Branding

*Catapult requires assets saved in GLB or MP4 (standard 720p, 1080p, or 3K 360˚ spherical surround format), or a makeSCENE package for live over-the-air collaboration with shared spatial content.  See the how-to guide for hints and instructions on how to easily export or convert content from most 3D authoring tools and platforms.

What Green 3D Projects would you like to see at makeSEA?

What green 3D projects would you like to see at makeSEA?

What do you use for 3D Print Object Digital Rights Management today?

What do you use for 3D Print Object Digital Rights Management today?

using the 660w motor on a bike

Hello everybody, can we use the 660w printed motor or other printed motor on a bike...

RE: using the 660w motor on a bike

Hi Virgil, Thanks for posting.  The short answer is "Yes!", that is a perfect...

RE: using the 660w motor on a bike

Thanks for your answer, i just bought a creality cr10s. I will definitely start a project...

Engine 600 is effective

I'm not sure, so ask people, what is the evaluation of the 600 engine