Digitalizing The Construction Industry With Additive Manufacturing: An Opportunity Analysis And Ten-year Forecast

Report # SMP-AM-CONSTUCT18-0118
Published January 8, 2018

Additive manufacturing in construction could represent as large an opportunity for additive manufacturing as the entire industrial and medical manufacturing industries combined. While the technology is still young, billion-dollar deals have already been signed, bringing these technologies intro futuristic construction projects worldwide. As the technologies progress and the industry rapidly expands, some of the largest construction groups are already investing to secure know-how and advance the development of new materials and processes.

Digital systems and additive manufacturing have already been widely implemented in the AEC industry, for “A”, Architecture (design and physical modeling), and “E”, Engineering (design, development and prototyping). This solid foundation will help to accelerate adoption as the tools for implementing digital, additive manufacturing in the “C”, Construction, element of the AEC market become increasingly available.

Early case studies, described in this report, clearly outline the advantages in terms of cost-effectiveness and efficiency that derive from implementing automated and digital, additive construction practices in a field which has until now remained tied to highly inefficient, labor-intensive approaches. The expected rapidly growing hardware demand represents an opportunity for both AM hardware manufacturers as well as construction market operators that gain a competitive advantage by rapidly establishing additive manufacturing capabilities.

This first ever dedicated study accurately describes the possibilities and analyzes the enormous transformative potential of additive manufacturing in construction. The research covers not only the giant global housing market (and rising demand) but also the potential for infrastructural and artistic/archeological applications as significant revenue opportunities.

Included in this comprehensive report are the following:

  • Ten-year construction 3D printing opportunity and market data forecasts in volume and value terms for additive manufacturing in construction. These cover hardware/software, materials, services/applications.
  • Market trends to include key metrics at a geographical level, better capturing the cultural attitudes towards advanced digital construction and approaches to implementation.
  • Analysis and description of all major system OEM’s currently offering (or developing) construction AM hardware and relative technologies.
  • A detailed description of the most significant AM construction projects completed to date and their implications in terms of defining the advantages deriving from implementing digital additive manufacturing processes in construction.
  • The latest trailing five years activity and competitive analysis to reflect the rapidly evolving landscape in which major global construction operators are now interfacing directly with printer manufacturers, materials companies, and solutions developers.

All in all, this is the most extensive exploration of where the opportunities will be found in additive manufactured dental products in the next decade.  It will be regarded as essential reading for everyone in the value chain for 3D-printed products.

Chapter One: Digitalizing the “C” in AEC


  • 1.1 3D Printing Houses

  • 1.2 Overview of a New AEC Industry

  • 1.2.1 Size and Trends of the Global Construction Industry

  • 1.2.2 The Need for Change

  • 1.3 AEC Firms Embracing Technology Disruptors for Construction

  • 1.3.1 Software

  • 1.3.2 Materials

  • 1.4 Primary Benefits Driving 3D Printing for Construction

  • 1.4.1 Efficiency and Cost Reduction

  • 1.4.2 Geometry

  • 1.4.2.1 The Trend for Tiny Houses

  • 1.4.3 More Speed

  • 1.4.4 Durability

  • 1.4.5 Workplace Safety

  • 1.5 Challenges & Solutions

  • 1.6 How Does Construction 3D Printing Work?

  • 1.7 Forecasting in this report

  • 1.7.1 Methodology

  • 1.7.2 Summary of Ten Year Forecast

  • 1.7.3 Geographic Considerations

  • 1.8 Key points from this chapter


Chapter Two: Construction 3D Printing Technologies and Hardware

  • 2.1 Extrusion Based Technologies

  • 2.1.1 Contour Crafting

  • 2.1.2 Winsun

  • 2.1.3 C-Fab by Branch Technology

  • 2.1.4 3Dp by Ai Build

  • 2.1.5 Cazza

  • 2.1.6 MiniBuilders

  • 2.2 Binder Jetting

  • 2.2.1 D-Shape Technology

  • 2.2.2 Desamanera Technology

  • 2.3 Modularity and Bricks in Construction 3D Printing

  • 2.3.1 Emerging Objects

  • 2.3.2 TerraPerforma, a 3D Printed Performative Wall

  • 2.4 Ten Year Forecast for Construction AM Hardware

  • 2.5 Key points from this chapter


Chapter Three: Construction 3D Printing Software and Materials

  • 3.1 Software for 3D Printing Construction

  • 3.2 Forecast for Construction AM Software

  • 3.3 Materials for 3D Printing Construction

  • 3.3.1 Soil and Environmentally Friendly Materials

  • 3.3.2 Geopolymers

  • 3.3.3 Other Materials for Construction

  • 3.4 Ten Year Forecast of Cement Materials for Construction 3D Printing

  • 3.5 Key Points from this Chapter


Chapter Four: Applications of Construction 3D Printing, from Archeology to Space Colonies

  • 4.1 3D Printed Housing

  • 4.1.1 Asia

  • 4.1.2 Europe

  • 4.1.2.1 Russia

  • 4.1.2.2 Denmark

  • 4.1.2.3 France

  • 4.1.2.4 Italy

  • 4.1.2.5 Switzerland

  • 4.1.2.6 Germany

  • 4.1.2.7 Spain

  • 4.2 USA

  • 4.3 City and Building Infrastructure

  • 4.4 Off Grid Housing

  • 4.4.1 On-site Robotics

  • 4.5 Restoration, Art & Archeology

  • 4.5.1 Art & Decorative Elements

  • 4.6 Reconstruction after Catastrophic Events

  • 4.6.1 Quake-safe construction

  • 4.7 Construction 3D Printing in Space

  • 4.7.1 Colonizing the Moon

  • 4.7.2 Colonizing Mars

  • 4.8 Applications Forecast

  • 4.9 Key Points from This Chapter

  • About SmarTech Publishing

  • About the Analyst

  • Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report


List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1-1: Traditional Vs Additive Manufacturing for Construction

  • Exhibit 1-2: Primary efficiency factors in the use of 3D printing for construction

  • Exhibit 1-3: A plant of the habitable house 3D printed in Russia by AMT-Specavia

  • Exhibit 1-4: Forecast of the overall construction AM market through 2027

  • Exhibit 1-5: Construction AM Market YoY Growth Rates

  • Exhibit 2-1: Major Construction AM hardware systems in operation today

  • Exhibit 2-2: Benefits of extrusion vs binder jetting in construction 3D printing

  • Exhibit 2-3: Construction AM Hardware Unit Shipments Forecast

  • Exhibit 2-4: Construction AM Hardware Installed Base Forecast

  • Exhibit 2-5: Construction AM Hardware Revenues Forecast

  • Exhibit 3-1: Some currently available materials for construction 3D printing

  • Exhibit 3-2: Construction AM Material Shipment Forecast

  • Exhibit 3-3: Construction AM Revenues Forecast

  • Exhibit 4-1: Construction AM Applications Unit Forecast

  • Exhibit 4-2: Number of Buildings/Parts Built per Installed Construction 3D Printer

  • Exhibit 4-3: Construction AM Applications Revenues Forecast


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