3D Printing in Architecture: One Step Closer to a Sustainable Built Environment

Beyhan F. , Arslan Selçuk S.

3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium (ISBS), U ARAB EMIRATES, 15 - 17 March 2017, vol.6, pp.253-268 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 6
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-63709-9_20
  • Country: U ARAB EMIRATES
  • Page Numbers: pp.253-268
  • Keywords: Computational design, CAD/CAM, 3D printing, Architectural technology, Waste materials


Sustainability has become a very popular term in many disciplines and investors/researchers devote a considerable amount of time and money for related studies to define their policies as well as initiatives on this subject. Today CAD/CAM technologies propose a wide range of concepts and implementation that support the concept of sustainability. Recent studies show that, developing computational technologies and 3D printers have potential to change the way we built our environment. From this respect this paper evaluates the use 3D printers in construction through recently built pioneering examples from the sustainability point of view. Results indicate that the special features of the 3D printing process, such as faster and precise construction, reduced labour costs and construction waste etc. these technologies offer a revolutionary approach in terms of sustainability.