3D concrete printing refers to numerous technologies that make the use 3D printing as a core method to fabricate buildings or construction components. Current machines are being integrated into automated and semi-automated production lines to better implement the 3D concrete printing approach for making more profit. Various advantages provided by the use of these 3D printing technologies include faster construction, increased complexity and accuracy, lower labor costs, greater integration of function, and less waste produced. There is a wide variety of 3D printing methods used at construction scales such as extrusion methods including concrete or cement, wax, foam, and polymers, powder bonding including polymer bond, reactive bond, and sintering, and additive welding.
On the basis of product type, the global 3D concrete printing market is segmented as walls, floors & roofs, and panels & lintels. Based on the concrete type used, the global market is further segmented as ready-mix, high-density, precast, and shotcrete. Furthermore, based on the software used, the market is segmented as design, inspection, and printing. On the basis of end-use segments, the can be further segmented as architectural, industrial, domestic, and others. Of these, the domestic construction segment accounted for the largest share and will continue to do so owing to the growing demand in residential and commercial construction and increasing demand for eco-friendly and smart constructions.
The 3D concrete printing market is anticipated to experience significant growth in the near future due to increasing demand for new constructions globally owing to rapid urbanization and industrialization along with increased investments in the infrastructural developments in the emerging markets. Increasing interest in green construction and the cost efficiency provided by the 3D concrete printing as compared with traditional buildings methods have increased the demand for this technology. Walls that are made using 3D concrete printers are capable of creating concrete objects with extraordinary detail and precision, which makes it possible to conveniently construct advanced concrete walls. In addition, walls constructed on-site using 3D concrete printer result in no waste and are less time consuming. 3D concrete printing uses energy-efficient technologies. Advantages of using 3D concrete printing include quicker construction, lower labor cost, and lesser waste generation.
Asia-Pacific is the leading market in the global 3D concrete printing market owing to the factors such as increasing environmental concerns, growing awareness towards sustainable construction, efforts towards standardization, and expanding application segments. Other factors such as rising urbanized population in China and India along with the growth in disposable income in these countries also impact the growth of the market positively.
Major players dominating the global 3D concrete printing market are DUS Architects, Skanska Fosters + Partners, WinSun Global, Sika, LafargeHolcim, Balfour Beatty, and Carilliom Plc. Other players in the global market are CRH Plc, Kier Group Plc, and Heidelberg Cement AG.
Global 3D Concrete Printing Market: Regional Segment Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- The Middle East & Africa