Is 3D concrete the future? With supply chain disruptions, the rising costs of construction materials, and a shortage of laborers, this is a question that many industry professionals, especially in housing, are asking.

The fact is that 3D printing can be an innovation that may help contractors save money and time. This new 3D concrete printing technology can be effectively used in homes, construction projects of all kinds, and in some architectural features.

And while Rogue Valley Precast doesn’t utilize this particular technology at this particular time, we do like to keep up with industry trends. So let’s dig into this topic a little more.

How does 3D concrete printing work?

By using large-scale 3D printers that squeeze out concrete from a nozzle, the machines lay concrete in layers to create the specified element. It is important to note that the concrete used is not usually ‘traditional’ concrete – this type would clog the nozzle and not work for the layering effect. Instead, 3D concrete printing uses unique or patented cementitious material. It is important to do your research on which product is best for your project.

Using 3D concrete printing technology means that users will have less waste and no need for large-scale concrete molds. When compared to laying bricks or concrete molding, it is also a lot faster for building, and has a higher productivity rate, allowing for printing 24/7. It also allows users greater freedom in their design. It can produce curves, hollowness, and other unique designs and shapes that traditional concrete molding doesn’t offer.

The 3D printing technology is still relatively new and is undergoing various changes to ensure its safety and effectiveness. However, experts agree that this emerging technology has significant promise, and it is expected to be used in mainstream construction work in the next few years.

Standards

We’ll have to keep an eye on it as it rolls out throughout the United States and the world. Casting concrete requires quality control, and 3D-printed concrete will need to adhere to rigorous standards of production and durability.

This is true for all building materials (precast concrete structure, site-cast structural elements, prestressed concrete, retaining walls, and other precast products.) And it remains true whether the material ends up in parking structures, office buildings, or concrete panels scattered throughout construction sites.

At Rogue Valley Precast, we are committed to staying up to date with all current concrete technologies. Our precast concrete products and our services reflect our dedication to providing our customers with the best of the best.

Contact us today to learn about our range of products, how our concrete is poured at our facility rather than on-site, and other info about our involvement in the construction industry.

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