College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Mark Montoya, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This case study looks into the advancement of 3D printed concrete (3DPC) technology and its application by Emergent 3D, a company dedicated to addressing California's housing crisis through low-cost, sustainable construction. Emergent 3D, which was formed in response to the 2018 Carr Fire, uses 3DPC to quickly and economically design energy-efficient homes. Unlike traditional construction processes, 3DPC constructs buildings or walls layer by layer using computer-generated designs, reducing material and labor expenses. This case study focuses on Emergent 3D's first project, Enterprise Park, which gave them significant insights on improving the 3DPC process. This case study identifies crucial improvements in labor efficiency, printing operations, and climate adaptability, demonstrating how Emergent 3D reduced on-site personnel from 10 to 4 workers over the course of five homes while attaining smoother finishes with no additional plastering to the walls. Emergent 3D's iterative approach resulted in significant cost savings and efficiency gains. The future for 3DPC includes technological advancements under the upcoming new venture, Emergent Technology, aimed at enhancing 3DPC hardware, software, and materials.

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