3-D Printing: Beyond the Prototype

Architects and designers take additive manufacturing to a new level
Architectural Record
By Joann Gonchar, AIA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the terms “3-D printing” and “additive manufacturing” and describe some of the ways architects and engineers are starting to use these processes for the creation of habitable spaces and full-scale functional components.
  2. Discuss how the combination of 3-D printing and computational tools can result in optimized building components, thereby improving structural performance and efficiency.
  3. Explain some of the ways 3-D printing, used as an alternative to traditional construction methods, can help reduce construction waste.
  4. Discuss current regulatory and technological impediments to widespread adoption of 3-D printing as an alternative to traditional construction methods.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This course is part of the Business & Technology of Architecture Academy

Gutenberg’s introduction of movable type six centuries ago was a true revolution. The development forever altered the way information was received and disseminated, democratizing knowledge. Printing’s recent move beyond two dimensions could be similarly transformative. Since 3-D printers were first developed in the 1980s, the technology has made inroads into the aerospace and auto industries and medicine, and it has been embraced by DIYers and tinkerers everywhere.

In architecture, as everyone knows, 3-D printing is now regularly used to make study models and as a rapid prototyping tool, but not to create full-scale functional components or habitable spaces—yet. This situation seems to be on the cusp of changing, however, as architects, engineers, and others explore the process as an alternative to conventional fabrication and construction.

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in June 2021

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