3D printing is already offering us so much, from organ prototypes to the ability to doodle an image in thin air that becomes a 3D object, we are quickly advancing in this area of technology. So, will 3D printing have an impact on DIY home design in the future?
More than likely, yes.
This technology is opening doors when it comes to what we can create, the wait time and the ability to do it ourselves without the cost of an expert.
In recent years many of us have thrown in the DIY towel as we opt for professionals to do the job for us due to a newfound concept of laziness. The UK housing market will have an impact on this as well, as less people are able to buy homes there will of course also be less people to do work on them and tight budgets mean less room to do work for those who do own property.
However, if 3D printing becomes readily available at a reasonable price you could find people skipping B&Q and the professionals and creating their own builds and furniture via a 3D printer. 3D printing and DIY home design together could equate to a reduction in jobs and opportunities, if those who already work in the industry don’t adapt to using it.
In China, a company has already started creating 3D printed houses, which can be mass produced using cement and construction weight to create properties that cost just under £3,000 to build. Those buying can also have custom designed properties put together and the company’s ability to print layer by layer allows up to 10 houses to be printed in one day – a solution that could definitely solve our current housing crisis here in the UK.
The concept of 3D printing houses will definitely impact on architects, developers and contractors in the future if it takes off, so it’s imperative they take on the concept and adapt it for use within their own services. For example, Arup, a company that specialises in building design and planning, have already used 3D printing to create a steel node for a lightweight structure and that by doing so it had ‘tremendous implications for reducing costs cutting waste and…’ enabling ‘a very sophisticated design.’
The interior design market is already adapting to the concept, you might have already seen innovative creations in that homeware publication you have delivered via your magazine subscriptions UK. 3D printing is much faster and cheaper than other methods of creating say, a chair, as Belgian designer Peter Dander’s discovered when creating his ‘batoida’ chair that is elegantly crafted using aluminium. If he had not used 3D printed technology the chair would have been prohibitively expensive to manufacture.
3D printing will surely have an impact on DIY home design as it offers a cost effective solution that allows you to be more creative and eco conscious. However, don’t expect the opportunity to get your hands on the tech anytime soon or to see it used in regular new builds in the near future.