The introduction of 3D construction printing (3DCP) technology will help boost the Kingdom’s drive to revitalize the construction sector. Saudi Arabia is one of the first countries in the region to leverage this disruptive technology.
Compared to traditional methods, 3DCP technology makes it possible to complete building projects in less than half the time– it once took just a day to build a whole house. However, that’s not the only advantage of using 3DCP technology for construction.
3DCP technology can make the construction of buildings much more affordable in multiple ways.It brings down costs by reducing the waste of construction materials. Since 3D printers are exceptionally precise, they use the exact amount of material needed for each part of the building, be it the floor, walls, or ceiling. The fact that buildings can be constructed much faster with 3DCP technology, and that a smaller workforce is required to get the job done, also makes it cost-efficient. As few as three workers can build a whole house if they use this technology.
Structures built with 3DCP are more durable than traditionally constructed houses, so they need fewer repairs. This allows people to save a significant amount of money in the long run. Another benefit is that it provides insulation, helping you cut down on electricity bills. 3D printed houses require less concrete than the ones constructed using traditional methods. This makes it a great option for those adopting sustainable building practices. What’s more, it eliminates the dangers involved in working with concrete and is known for making the workplace safer by reducing construction-related injuries.
3DCP technology also brings many benefits to budding construction companies. By leveraging this disruptive technology, they can enter new markets and step ahead of established construction companies. Conversely, companies that have operated for decades have the opportunity to achieve a significant competitive advantage over their competition by offering this innovative technology.
3DCP even provides great opportunities for construction companies that have been looking for a way to improve their brand image. More and more people are expressing concerns about the toll construction companies have been taking on the environment. Businesses that want people to think of them as sustainable organizations that focus on reducing waste must consider including 3DCP technology in their brand awareness campaigns.
Given these advantages, it’s not surprising that many countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Singapore, have started using 3DCP technology. Dubai aims to use 3DCP in 27% of all building projects by 2030. The market size for 3DCP technology was USD 27 million in 2019 and it’s expected to go as high as USD 280 million by 2027.
Under Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy, the rate at which high-quality houses are built and made available to Saudi residents is being increased, and 3DCP technology can prove to be ideal in helping achieve this goal. It is already disrupting the construction industry and is sure to play a transformative role in the real estate sector.