• Abstract

    The construction sector is one of the main employers worldwide and requires a lot of labor. For decades, the industry had little technological advancement and low output. In recent decades, there has been an increasing interest in various automation technologies, such as 3D printing, by the construction sector. It has been discovered that 3D printing holds great promise for automating building processes. It can reduce dangerous human operations, labor-intensive tasks, wasteful material use, construction time and more. A substantial amount of research has been done to comprehend the most recent developments, potential benefits and difficulties associated with the widespread use of 3D printing in construction projects. In this study, we review the labor-intensive industry of construction and any possible implications for the labor market from the increasing use of 3D printing. Empirical studies have indicated that 3D printing might mitigate the labor shortage by reducing the manpower needed, especially in countries where immigration is a major factor in the construction industry. However, in nations where labor is less expensive and construction is the primary industry, 3D printing cannot be advantageous. The findings indicate that the construction industry might benefit from 3D concrete/construction printing (3DCP) in terms of labor-intensive requirements, worker safety, as well as quicker construction and less wasteful material use.

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Rastogi, M., Pancholi, V., Iyer, K. N. A. S., & Kaushik, Y. (2024). A systematic review of the variety of printing in the construction industry and its effect on the labor market. Multidisciplinary Reviews, 6, 2023ss027. https://doi.org/10.31893/multirev.2023ss027
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