- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 11 Apr 2018
3D concrete printing market
The 3D concrete printing market is expected to grow over the CAGR of around 13% during the period 2016 to 2022. The key drivers for the growth in the market are the increasing popularity of green construction, time pressures on construction and the increasing cost effectiveness of the technology as well as the growth of the construction and infrastructure sector as a whole, and increases in the disposable income of individuals. However, high capital investment requirements may hamper the growth of the market.
Some of the technology barriers lies in the material itself which needs to set and cure rapidly before adding one layer onto another.
Then comes the look and feel of the finished product. If it looks like a ball of twine rolled up it creates a perception that the finished structure is structurally unsound. Another factor is future maintenance of the finished product. Their is nothing more simple than maintaining a wall with a smooth finish.
The Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market by value.
The key players in the market are:
- CRH Plc.
- Balfour Beatty
- Kier Group Plc.
- Heidelberg Cement AG
In Africa the key player in this market is Fillcrete with its low-cost green lightweight cellular concrete construction method using standard formwork and innovative material that sets quicker and cure faster than standard concrete. It simply fills the formwork with the Fillcrete material which ends up looking liking a standard concrete wall but much lighter in weight, and with added advantages of being greener, with better accoustic and thermal performance if compared to ordinary concrete (which lowers the demand and costs for heating, cooling and additional insulation materials).
The market can be categorised by concrete type:
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Balfour Beatty fined £500,000 for exposing workers to hand-arm vibration.
James Brokenshire launches a consultation on banning combustible cladding.
A year after Grenfell, we have a collection of 30 articles telling you everything you need to know.
ICE publish a policy paper on the UK’s future interconnectivity with the EU and the challenges for infrastructure.
Detailed guidance about construction waste management.
The changing identity of London communities in the face of rapid urbanisation.
Can you help? We have 300 industry acronyms beginning with 'C' but none beginning with 'Y'.
From the sinister Carceri d’Invenzione to the triple portrait of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn and his Grand Tour travelling companions.
BSRIA launch the 5th edition of the Design Framework for Building Services (BG 6/2018).
Stella Rimmington famously said the construction industry was just as tricky as the KGB.
Construction site visitor cards are to be withdrawn.
3 WTC opens, RSHP’s first built project in New York.