College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Construction companies are always looking for ways to reduce costs and shorten schedules and with new technologies there are more and more ways of achieving these goals. One new technology aimed to achieve those goals within the residential construction management industry is the three dimensional (3D) printer. Recently 3D printers have been put to use within the residential construction industry by printing the structures of homes, instead of framing them, at fractions of the cost and time, with greater efficiency, and less labor. 3D printed homes have a tremendous potential to impact impoverished citizens that need the peace and comfort of a roof over their head and a secure place to sleep but will struggle to make a big impact on the majority of homes in the United States. The inability of the 3D homes to reach sizes larger than an apartment (900 square feet) and the lack of an aesthetic appeal that allows for customization damages the homes potential until the technology is improved. With time and technical advancements 3D homes can become the norm of the industry but that won’t be for some time as the current kinks and limitations are sorted out.