3D printing is a relatively modern phenomenon that can be described as an ‘additive manufacturing process’ that sees the formation of physical objects. 3D printing is the result of a digital design process that involves printing thin layers of material. It is then possible to fuse them together to make the finished product.
Using 3D printing
While it may be tempting to equate the process to traditional paper printing, 3D printing has proved to be a design technique that is ready to make a splash in the world of manufacturing. 3D printers can create detailed shapes and designs with less material and environmental impact than traditional techniques like drilling and welding.
3D printing technology is still in its infancy and is yet to hit mass production because of its slower speed. However, it is still a reliable option in many industries. It was worth just under $15bn in 2020. For example, manufacturers often use 3D Printers to create customized hearing aid. Also, Audiologists can use 3D scanners to create prototypes quickly. Manufacturers then proceed with them through a 3D printing machine.
Is it possible to build a hotel with 3D printers?
Back in 2020, it was reported that Habitas was planning to open its new hotels in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Costa Rica. An innovative brand, Habitas uses 3D printing to design and create hotel rooms, drastically reducing carbon footprint.
Habitas owns a factory in Mexico that oversees the creation of 3D prints for basic hotel room structures. Afterward, the builders ship out prints to the location of the hotel that is ready for construction.
Why build a hotel with 3D printers?
Once the 3D prints arrive at their destination, builders put them together “like LEGO”. According to Oliver Ripley, CEO of Habitas, this means that finalizing a construction takes six to nine months. This method assures minimal damage to the surrounding ecosystems.
In place of more carbon-heavy and waste-producing activities, joining 3D prints together is simple. Although it may be a slower and more bespoke process, it cuts down on wasted parts and materials. Everything during the printing phase should be used during the construction of the hotel.
This also means that 3D printing is of great benefit to the ‘circular economy’ reducing waste and reusing materials. Manufacturers often use recycled materials to make 3D printing threads. This makes the design and production process much greener.
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with fine Italian linen retailer, Linoto.