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Why 3D printing is still flat in commercial construction

February 1, 2023

Touted as a faster, safer and cleaner way to build, 3D printing technology has yet to scale in a meaningful way for nonresidential construction.

While the government has doled out grant money to research 3D printing capabilities in space, and several proof-of-concept projects from bridges to Army barracks have garnered headlines, the applied use of 3D printing in commercial construction remains nascent.

Patti Harburg-Petrich, principal in the Los Angeles office of U.K.-based engineering firm Buro Happold, says the real culprit is likely one that all new building innovations are forced to navigate: the building code itself.

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