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Title: FEASIBILITY OF 3D PRINTING FOR TIMBER CONSTRUCTION USE
Authors: LEONG JING SHAN
Keywords: Building
PFM
Building Performance and Sustainability
Chung Kin Hung Jacky
2017/2018 PFM
Issue Date: 26-Jun-2018
Citation: LEONG JING SHAN (2018-06-26). FEASIBILITY OF 3D PRINTING FOR TIMBER CONSTRUCTION USE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper aims to analyze the inefficiencies of using timber in construction in its current state of technology, and to determine the feasibility of applying 3D printing technology for the use of timber in construction. Literature review and research was done to examine the problems with conventional timber construction, and explore the capabilities and principles of 3D printing. Matching between the issues of timber construction and benefits brought by the application of 3D printing was carried out to create a theoretical framework to determine the feasibility of timber 3D printing. The framework will be validated by expert opinions obtained from interviews with industry professional, which focuses on the significance of the identified issues and the practicality of the proposed solution. Through the literature review and theoretical framework established, it was discovered that most of the issues can be alleviated through the features of 3D printing. However, through the interviews done in the research, issues that were identified were of little significance due to current solutions, and the main problem for timber use in construction was that of negative consumer perception and receptiveness. Furthermore, opinion was that although 3D printing in theory can help boost the effectiveness of timber for construction, other factors such as inexperience, cost and functionality deters the use of such technology. Based on the information obtained from both theory and the industry, the practicality of using 3D printing for timber construction is limited due to the presence of many variables, and further research is required for its application.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220199
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