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Innovation

3D printing and construction

3D printing is making a big impact in many design industries, allowing designers to quickly create prototypes that help them visualize their final design early in the process.  This rapid prototyping isn’t just for engineers, though, it has big implications for the construction industry as well.  BNBuilders, a California construction firm, uses 3D printing to change the way they create prototypes and communicate with clients and partners, by quickly creating tactile models that help their clients visualize design solutions the firm proposes.  Using rapid prototyping, construction firms can create mockups of building elements for enhanced decision making while reducing time to market.  To learn more about the applications of 3D printing in architecture and construction, check out this project on BIM to fabrication.