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3D Printing Construction Market

3D Printing Construction Market: Information by Method (Extrusion, Powder Bonding), Material Type (Concrete, Metal), End-User (Building, Infrastructure), and Region — Forecast till 2030

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Market Overview

The global 3D printing construction market size was worth USD 1.094 billion in 2021. It is expected to reach USD 585.84 billion by 2030, growing at an impressive CAGR during the forecast period (2022–2030).

Construction 3D printing produces construction elements or entire buildings by polymer, metal, printing concrete, or other materials layer by layer on a 3D printer. The most regular type of printer uses a robotic arm to extrude concrete back and forth. Powder binding and additive welding are two other 3D printing methods. One of the most appealing aspects of 3D Printing is the design freedom. Architects can create complex designs that would be impossible, expensive, or too labor-intensive to develop using traditional construction methods.

Market Snapshot

market snapshot
Base Year
: 2021
Study Period
: 2020-2030
: Higher Growth Rate %
Fastest Growing Market
: Europe
Largest Market
: Asia Pacific
Market Size
: 585.84 billion
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Market Dynamics

Global 3D Printing Construction Market Drivers

  • Increasing Adoption of 3D Printing in the Construction Industry

Many industries are now using 3D Printing for prototyping, product development, and production. Enterprises were ranging from automotive to construction embrace 3D Printing to drive digital transformation, benefiting from shorter lead times, greater design freedom, and digital manufacturing. The implementation of 3D Printing in the construction industry is expanding. Certain aspects of construction are expected to grow faster than others.

The rising environmental problems about the industry's waste, the potential of customization options and architectural adaptability using this technology, and the rapid creation of prototype models are the most trying to influence this growth. Moreover, several benefits such as waste reduction, manufacturing, design freedom, and reduced human error drive the market growth for 3D Printing in the construction sector.

3D Printing can make different components used in the construction industry. The expansion is primarily driven by the number of innovative, new projects well-planned in their construction. Vinci, France's leading construction firm, acquired a stake in XtreeE, a French startup specializing in concrete 3D printing structural elements, in February 2017.

In 2018, the construction company ICON became the first in America to obtain a building permit and construct a 3D-printed home in Austin, Texas. Other cities have taken notice. 3D printing construction companies are helping to alleviate housing shortages and build much-needed structures in places where building codes are lax or non-existent, such as school buildings in Africa, low-income housing in Mexico, and homes for the homeless in Texas.

  • Benefits of 3D Printing Technology

3D Printing in construction is a new technology that replaces manual labor with a machine that creates and musters structures. This can be a convenient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly method of constructing new buildings. According to Construction Dive, global construction waste totals more than one billion tons per year and is expected to double by 2025. 3D Printing can help reduce this construction waste. This is primarily because 3D Printing is an additive manufacturing process that only uses the required material.

In addition, 3D Printing helps in fewer logistic processes and less waste. Since 3D Printing directly molds raw material into construction, it eliminates the need for wooden molds used in traditional construction. When combined with other waste-reducing processes and building methods such as prefabrication and lean construction, a waste-zero building becomes more plausible. Therefore, these factors are anticipated to drive the market for 3D Printing.

Global 3D Printing Construction Market Restraint

  • High Capital Investments

The high purchasing cost of renting such equipment and the logistics involved in getting these large 3D printers to the job site is perhaps the most significant barrier to the widespread adoption of 3D printing technology on construction sites. 3D printers are expensive, and the initial purchase price does not include materials or maintenance. Many construction professionals are currently finding it difficult to justify the cost of 3D Printing versus the benefits of the technology.

Global 3D Printing Construction Market Opportunities

  • Rise in the Adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The steadily increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the key factors driving industry growth (BIM). BIM is the base of digital transformation in the engineering, architecture, and infrastructure industries. It is a collaborative team solution that enables real estate developers, architects, engineers, manufacturers, contractors, and other infrastructure professionals to plan, design, and construct a 3D structure or building.

As a result of lower production costs on wastage of materials, the market is growing. 3D printers only use materials needed, resulting in cost savings. Moreover, three-dimensional printers can use recycled materials that are eco-friendly. These factors help to reduce the cost, which drives future growth.

Segmental Analysis

The global 3D printing construction market share has been classified based on method, material, end-user, and regions.

  • On the Basis of Method

Based on the method, the 3D printing construction market is segmented into Extrusion, Powder Bonding, and Others.

The Extrusion method accounts for the largest share of the global 3D printing construction market. Extrusion is the most common and most basic 3D printing technique. It can be used in almost any situation. A plastic filament is used as the primary printing material. The filament is heated and melts in the 3D printer's printing head.

Powder Bonding is the second-largest segment. It is estimated to grow at a higher CAGR during forecast period. The increasing use of powder bonding 3D printing technology for constructing complex formworks in the construction industry is driving segment growth in recent days. The demand for this method is significant as it is faster, simpler, and more accurate to produce a complex formwork and is less labor-intensive and time-consuming than traditional methods used in making formworks.

  • On the Basis of Material

Based on material, the 3D printing construction market is segmented into Concrete, Metal, Composites, and Others.

Concrete holds the largest share of the global 3D printing construction market. Over the last five years, 3D concrete Printing for construction has advanced rapidly, owing to advancements in robotics, material science, and software.

Metal holds the second-largest position. Metal 3D printing creates non-prismatic sections, internal stiffening, openings, and functionally graded elements, among others, via controlled heating and cooling. Metal 3D printing in construction is primarily used for designing facade nodes and other connections. It is also used to construct bridges in recent days. Moreover, the growing use of 3D printed stainless steel in construction is also one of the major factors driving the segmental growth.

Composite acquires the third-largest market share. Various companies such as Mighty Buildings use thermoset composite materials such as Light Stone Material to reduce the home construction industry's reliance on steel and concrete. The firm is expected to reduce home construction's carbon footprint and cost by more than 50% through this initiative. Thus, the construction industry is expected to use composite materials for 3D Printing in the coming years due to the harmful impact of concrete on the environment.

  • On the Basis of End-User

Based on end-user, the 3D printing construction market is segmented into Building and Infrastructure.

The Building segment holds the largest share in the global 3D printing construction market. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 91.4%. The increasing need for houses globally is expected to drive the segment growth. This growing need for new homes can be met using 3D printing technology as this technology can create high-quality homes in a fraction of the cost and time required for traditional construction. Therefore, various construction companies are forming partnerships with 3D printer providers to construct homes using 3D printing technology. Moreover, the mission of World Housing to solve homelessness by building and funding homes for poor people globally is anticipated to create new opportunities for segment growth in the coming days.

The infrastructure segment is the second-largest. It is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during forecast. The spiking use of 3D printing technology to construct infrastructures such as furniture and bridges using metals, plastic, and composite materials is driving the segment growth.

Regional Analysis

Based on regions, the global 3D printing construction market share is segmented into North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. 

The Predominance of Asia-Pacific in the Regional Market

Asia-Pacific holds the largest share of the global 3D printing construction market. Asia-Pacific controls the majority of the global 3D printing construction industry. The 3D Printing technology is expected to gain significant traction during the forecast period as the region establishes itself as a global manufacturing hub. The presence of many manufacturing sectors contributes to the region's overall economic growth.

Due to the existence of several manufacturers, the region is an important market for 3D printing construction. The growing demand for 3D printing construction in the building and infrastructure end-use sectors is also going to fuel the development of the market. China and Southeast Asia dominate the APAC 3D printing construction market. Since this evolving technology is yet to be commercialized in India, South Korea, Japan, and other Asian countries, they have been classified as the rest of APAC. Research activities in Japan and India, on the other side, make these prospective countries markets for this technology.

The European market is projected to expand steadily over the forecast period. Many European market players, such as the United Kingdom, are soaring in their investment opportunities in 3D Printing, propelling market growth in the region. For instance, Skanska, a construction engineering firm, announced a joint venture with Loughborough University in the United Kingdom in May 2020. This collaborative effort is meant to raise the use of 3D printing technology in the country's construction sector.

3D Printing Construction Market Regional Analysis
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Top Key Players of 3D Printing Construction Market

  1. Yingchuang Building Technique
  2. COBOD International A/S
  3. Apis Cor
  4. XtreeE
  5. WASP S.r.l
  6. CyBe Construction
  7. MX3D
  8. Contour Crafting Corp
  9. ICON Technology, Inc
  10. SIKA AG
  11. Construction 3D
  12. Monolite UK
  13. Betabram
  14. Rohaco
  15. Imprimerie AG
  16. Beijing Huashang Luhai Technology
  17. Total Kustom
  18. Spetsavia

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
CAGR Higher Growth Rate%
Forecast Period 2023-2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Segments Covered
  1. By Method
    1. Extrusion
    2. Powder
    3. Bonding
    4. Others
  2. By Material Type 
    1. Concrete
    2. Metal
    3. Composites
    4. Others
  3. By End-User
    1. Building
    2. Infrastructure
Geographies Covered
  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

Recent Developments

  • May 2022- CyBe Construction has recently relocated to a fantastic new building on the Kantsingel, Oss's new 'company boulevard.'
  • March 2022- In Austin, Texas, the leader in innovative construction technology and large-scale 3D Printing debuted "House Zero," its newest 3D-printed home. House Zero is the first of what ICON hopes will be a new breed of residences built mainly to take advantage of the possibilities offered by 3D Printing. The team collaborated with award-winning Texas company Lake|Flato Architects for the first project in ICON's "Exploration Series."
  • November 2021- COBOD and PERI expanded 3D construction printing distribution cooperation. Danish COBOD International is known for being the leader in developing and manufacturing 3D construction printers. In contrast, PERI Group is a global leader in formwork equipment, scaffolding, tents, and the distributor of COBOD 3D construction printers
  • October 2021- Lennar, one of the country's largest homebuilders, and ICON, a construction technologies company that pioneered large-scale 3D Printing, have announced a partnership to build the country's largest community of 3D-printed homes to date, utilizing ICON's innovative robotics, software, and advanced materials. The 100-home complex, which will begin construction in 2022, will be co-designed by the renowned architecture company BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

3D Printing Construction Market Segmentation

By Method

  • Extrusion
  • Powder
  • Bonding
  • Others

By Material Type 

  • Concrete
  • Metal
  • Composites
  • Others

By End-User

  • Building
  • Infrastructure

By Regions

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Asia-Pacific
  • The Middle East and Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the growth rate for the 3D Printing Construction Market?
3D Printing Construction Market size will growing at higher CAGR during the forecast period.
Some of the top industry players in 3D Printing Construction Market are, Yingchuang Building Technique, COBOD International A/S, Apis Cor, XtreeE, WASP S.r.l, CyBe Construction, MX3D, Contour Crafting Corp, ICON Technology, Inc, SIKA AG, Construction 3D, Monolite UK, Betabram, Rohaco, Imprimerie AG, Beijing Huashang Luhai Technology, Total Kustom, Spetsavia, etc.
Asia Pacific has held a dominant position in the 3D Printing Construction Market, with the largest market share.
The Europe region has experienced the highest growth rate in the 3D Printing Construction Market.
The global 3D Printing Construction Market report is segmented as follows: By Method, By Material Type, By End-User
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