Additive Manufacturing a Review of its Potential to Solve the Housing Challenge in Middle America
Pineda Figueroa, Jose Luis Abraham (2020)
Pineda Figueroa, Jose Luis Abraham
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The following thesis aims to understand Additive Manufacturing techniques as a possible solution to the housing challenge in Middle America. To do so, a general overview of the current situation in the region is provided in which most recent statistical values are provided as well as a brief analysis to the role that the local governments, markets and individuals play. The work then proceeds to explore 3D printing techniques and their developments for the construction industry. SWOT and TWOS matrices allow for a cross analysis that depicts how Additive Manfuracturing may provide solutions for the regional’s most affected housing aspects. Finally, three case studies were selected that serve as a concrete connection between the technology and the housing need of the region. These provide solid evidence on how Additive Manufacturing equipment is slowly introducing its capabilities to the consumer’s market. Even when vanguard technologies provide considerable potential, the research concludes that concrete printing technologies still require more testing and field application to be capable of providing a viable alternative to a very complex issue.