College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
The use of three-dimensional (3D) printing is not yet prevalent throughout the construction industry. Although there have been some uses, each has been small and relatively experimental, however, a current renovation project to the Mexican Museum in downtown San Francisco utilized 3D printing to aid in design coordination. The decision came after the General Contractor, Webcor Builders, noticed a possible constraint in pouring a section of the foundation; a pair of nine-foot vertical concrete walls surrounding the elevator shaft. The walls posed a serious threat to the schedule and budget of the project, raising concerns with shoring, waterproofing, and constructability. This paper will look at how the use of 3D printing on the project aided in the design process; what issues gave way to the use of 3D printing; what benefits the physical 3D model added; and what some possible expansions on this technology could be. The decision to utilize a 3D printed model is not standard procedure when faced with design constraints. However, the implementation of the 3D model proved to be beneficial on multiple fronts and opened the door to more innovation surrounding 3D printing within the construction industry.