Imagine an entire house being built over a span of 24 hours, minus all the hustle and bustle. It may seem like a far fetched sci-fi fantasy but it really is not.
There was a time when Bangladeshi dwellers were used to seeing construction workers make and break bricks into molds. Laborers used tools by hands to pour cement and erect a foundation in the structures we see today. That is how it was in the old days. That is how it is even now in most rural areas. Though Bangladesh has come a long way since then, the country should be looking into what is perceived as the future of housing; Contour Crafting or in other words, 3D Construction.
What is Contour Crafting?
Contour crafting is a building printing technology being researched by Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute that uses a computer-controlled crane or gantry to build edifices rapidly and efficiently with substantially less manual labor. It was originally conceived as a method to construct molds for industrial parts.
So how could something so innovative, so advanced, and groundbreaking, benefit Bangladesh in the future?
Despite progress in the real estate market, Bangladesh, like numerous other developing economies has not yet been introduced to the concept of 3D Implemented Construction, particularly in the housing sector. The adoption of 3D Construction in housing could prove to be a buoy for countries like Bangladesh, which face rapid increase in population numbers and results in a growing need for demand in housing. The introduction of Contour Crafting could virtually provide the answer to such a socio-economic challenge. Faster, cheaper and deemed eco-friendly, this revolutionary edifice could boost the progress of Bangladesh and propel it in the direction of the future.
The applications of 3D printed construction are virtually limitless. Not only can it be instigated on housing and the construction of it, but it has other applications as well. Maybe it won’t be prompted in the nearby future, however as Bangladesh begins to gain official developing status, and advances as a stronger economy than of the present, it will aid in the progression of the future of development.
Dhaka, like other major cities in Bangladesh, is gradually becoming crowded and eventually there will be little room for housing projects in the future. Developers will have to search beyond city boundaries for property construction. However, this can be beneficial as it gives future developers prospects to experiment and implement 3D based construction technology in locations outside of major locations like Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet and create planned cities for the future. As the 3D Construction method reduces construction time and is a comparatively eco-friendly approach, this could be highly positive for a future Bangladesh, particularly for the real estate sector.
Thus, 3D construction could become an important boost for the real estate companies implementing the technology and it could prove beneficial as contour crafting reduces time and wastage. It is safe and cheap and affordable. But most importantly, Contour Crafting is an eco-friendly invention that is becoming the limelight of the western world and, in due time, Bangladesh.