3D Technology in the Construction Industry  

 

As a standard in the construction industry, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, refers to the processes used to create a three-dimensional object in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object.  Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced using digital model data from a 3D model or any other electronic data source.  The technology allows for the easy use and incorporation of 3D documentation into all stages of a project, from concept and design to construction and project delivery.  3D documentation is an invaluable tool for architects, engineers, contractors and sub-trades.  Accurate as-built sit conditions, whether it is a vacant lot or the interior of a building, are necessary during the design and construction phases.  3D laser scanning (3DLS) provides an alternative method to traditional hand measuring and documentation.

A compliment to 3DLS and a vital tool for the construction industry is Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design Construction (VDC), terms that are often used interchangeably.  It is the process of creating an intelligent, integrated, multi-disciplinary, three-dimensional computer-generated model of a building.  The model provides architecture, engineering and construction professionals with the visual tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage a building and its infrastructure. #alternative drafting  #3Dprinting, #3Dscanning, 3D documentation technology.