Posted on January 18, 2017
It’s a concept that has been given great praise by many within the technology market and is already being implemented by a number of companies to improve production. If you haven’t heard of the term by now, you haven’t been paying enough attention to scores of breathless news stories and technology blogs.
We wanted to take better look and see how it will curve the trends of the future.
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, the fundamental needs of every human being are food and shelter, the essentials for survival. Nearly one billion people in today’s world are living in conditions similar to slums or shanty towns, deprived of the basic human need in order to survive. Governments have been seeking a solution for years in order to tackle the reality of the situation and they are on the cusp of discovering something remarkable. What makes 3D printing the technology of the future? Structures created through the 3D printer can be hollow, using less material and creating space for building services inside the structural services. With the use of this technology, the 3D printer has the potential to build entire neighbourhoods at a fraction of the cost, at a fraction of the time and at the highest precision.
Change in Landscape;
With new technology comes the discussion of job losses for those in which it will replace. Without a doubt, there will be a loss of jobs within the construction sector. As 3D printing methods speed up and become more efficient, many companies will begin to invest more capital to acquire automated machine labour. Think about it this way, why pay, for example, twenty workers for the installation of plumbing and electrical parts in a home when a 3D printer can print the exact parts needed with CAD, enabling accurate precision, eliminating the possibility of human error? The cost to efficiency ratio compared to our current methods cannot be denied for companies looking to invest in their future. There is little doubt that within 15-20 years the construction landscape will have changed in a significant way, but with new technology comes new possibilities.
With change comes opportunity;
As it is a disruptive technology, we can often come to a shallow conclusion that many traditional jobs will indeed become obsolete as technology slowly erases the need for manual labour, but this doesn’t have to translate into a pessimistic view for our future. In fact, we believe that this technology will open more doors than it closes. With the overall costs of houses becoming substantially cheaper, this will in turn be passed on to the consumer, creating a lower cost of living and increasing the disposable income for each household. This reality could in turn lead to greater spending in local businesses which has the potential to spark new businesses, ideas and eventually, more jobs. We are already starting to experience the spin off effect of new jobs as a result this new technology. Employees will be needed to to build the machines, assemble and maintain its functionality throughout its lifespan. The result, an entirely new job sector will be created.
The reality is a far cry from the pessimism attached with this innovative breakthrough. Looking back on how society reacted to similar technological situations, the world did not come to an end when new technologies were introduced. We adapted and created a better economy that provided us with a scale to match our ever growing demands and increasing awareness of its benefits to society. We have seen in the past that technology has destroyed millions of jobs, but ultimately lead to the creation of tens of millions more. 3D printing is at the forefront of innovation in today’s society that is not going anywhere anytime soon.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change”
Blog Post by Dillon Ward
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