Up to 30% of housing in Australia’s outback, regional and remote areas will be built using 3D printing technology by the year 2030. Countries across the world are already mandating 3D printing targets for the building and construction industry. In 2016 the United Arab Emirates became the first country in the world to promote 3D printing technology in its construction industry, setting a twenty-five percent target by 2030. Other countries are following suit.
How effective is 3D printing in the construction sector?
Malawi’s commitment to 3D printing has reduced construction waste almost tenfold and reduced CO2 emissions by up to 70%. It has also reduced transportation emissions when building in remote areas by as much as two tons per home demonstrating its capacity to solve the rural housing deficit. President Joe Biden has launched the America Makes Forward program, designed to further spur the growth of additive manufacturing in the country.
The program will see the U.S. government and giant multinationals support 3D printing initiatives, SMEs in various ways. While Australia has not yet put in place targets, we are moving quickly to foster a robust and cutting-edge 3D printing industry that will help to solve the housing affordability crisis and also assist our nation to build housing and other building structures in remote areas that are impervious to challenging environmental conditions.
The 30% target may even be exceeded by 2030 to 50% as it is clear that 3D printing is not a trend. It is a tech that has been maturing for 30 years and different sectors are already reaping the rewards. What many people don’t realise is that the 3D printing of buildings is underway in Australia. We are building the first 3D indigenous housing project in the world.
Using our cutting-edge 3D printers, we are able to transform construction projects that traditionally take months or years to complete and finish them within a number of days. The 3D concrete printing revolutionary technology reduces 60% of construction waste, 70% of production time, and 80% of labour costs when comparing hands-on construction projects.
In addition, the technology is proven to increase construction site efficiency with 60% guaranteed costs savings, 300 to 500 times shorter execution times, and an 80% total reduction in monetary expenses without formwork in concrete construction.
We are aware of the construction industry’s carbon footprint and determined to create construction solutions for generations to come that reduce emissions. Our unmatched tech employs up to 40% less CO2 emissions through propriety mixes that reduce use of cement, and the robotic systems reduce construction site and logistics carbon dioxide footprints by 50-70%. In addition, the build cost is 70% less in comparison to traditional methods.
How is Australia leading the charge for 3D printing?
The project is being undertaken in Australia’s Northern Territory and involves the build of a number of houses using Luyten’s cutting-edge 3D building and construction printing tech.
Australia’s red centre consists of some of the harshest weather on the globe. Temperatures often range from -5 degrees celcius in winter and close to 50 degrees in summer and there is little shade. The land is extremely arid and not ideal for conventional housing. Not only is it difficult to get traditional construction materials out there, the cost is also prohibitive.
Our tech and proprietary Utimatecrete is ideal for building houses in these types of conditions. 3D printing for building and construction involves minimal disruption to the build site which is ideal for sustainability. 3D printing in Australia is about the revolutionise the building sector.
With these types of numbers, it is hard to dispute why more and more people, governments and businesses will choose 3D printed houses and buildings over traditional building methods. 3D printed houses also offer unique design options that conventional houses don’t. We are able to build a three-bedroom home in as little as three days. The process involves printing the structural elements in two days and assembling the components on day three.
3D printed construction elements are ready to handle and be moved within only five hours of being printed. This is the great thing about our special concrete mix, it cures quickly and delivers results that supersede what is currently available at four times less cost.
Luyten 3D’s printed houses are Australia and New Zealand building code (AS/NSZ 1170 and AS 3600) compliant and are built using Luyten’s highly robust and eco-friendly Luyten Ultimatecrete 3D printable concrete which results in 82.5 MPa compressive strength after 28 days, four times stronger than the 20 MPa residential building code requires.
It won’t be long before you start to see the build of 3D printed homes in suburban areas around the country as well. Why pay a builder $800,000 for a new home, when a 3D printed home only costs a fraction of this. Founded in 2020, Luyten manufactures custom large-scale three-dimensional construction printers for domestic and commercial construction.
Since launching, the business has forged a key partnership with the University of New South Wales, to build structures on the moon and on other planets including Mars. It has also signed partnerships with multinational building and construction companies to build houses in Asia.