Written by Clare Scott via 3dprinting.com
Singapore has been one of the busiest locations in the 3D printing industry lately. The city-state has made 3D printing a major priority, with several large centers and organizations dedicated to the technology. There’s the Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster, which is led by experts from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Also a part of NTU is the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, which is working on one of the most daring uses of the technology yet: 3D printed public housing.
Innovations in building construction are slow to take hold, understandably: most people would rather live and work in buildings that have been constructed via traditional, proven methods than ones that have been built using experimental, unproven techniques. In the construction industry, safety should, of course, come before anything else, but that doesn’t mean that new methods shouldn’t be considered and possibly implemented after thorough testing. 3D printing has been discussed for years as the potential future of architecture, and it’s very slowly starting to take hold.