Precast and moulds ‘will become obsolete’

22 April 2015

Concrete.TV spoke to Daniel van der Merwe about what he calls “the third revolution of the construction industry”. He predicts that 3D printing will revolutionize the construction process in the same way mass production ejected hand production into the age of industrialization.

3D printing allows the designer to be in total control of the manufacturing process and is in this way able to customise to the needs of customers on a scale unknown before. On-site printing of construction materials will not only make precast and moulds obsolete but will also reduce waste in a significant manner.

Van der Merwe says there is a whole new generation of building materials coming to the fore, which are not only super strong but super efficient in the way that they can be manufactured. For example, looking at buildings that may be able to “repair” themselves, buildings that might be able to change form and shape, according to changing needs. These are futuristic, he says, but very exciting possibilities.
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