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From printing a house to printing a HVAC system?
May 28, 2020

From printing a house to printing a HVAC system?

The technology today is progressing at rapid speed!

New technologies and innovations are popping up almost daily. Engineers are taking inspirations from all over the world, looking for solutions from other angles, and also adopting different approaches in entirely different fields. With using a 3D printing, a man can now print even an entire house in one day! Put more houses like these together and the 3D communities are starting to appear built or “printed” entirely – walls and floors – all at once.

Definition of 3D printing!

“3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model. The term “3D printing” can refer to a variety of processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, with the material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together), typically layer by layer.”

Definition of 3D printing from www.wikipedia.org.

3D printing history!

In 1974, David E. H. Jones introduced the concept of 3D printing in the journal New Scientist. And in 1981, the Japanese inventor Hideo Kodama invented two additive methods for fabricating three-dimensional plastic models with photo-hardening thermoset polymer. In recent years, 3D printing – technology and materials – developed significantly and can now perform crucial roles in many applications; they being manufacturing, medicine, architecture, custom art, and design.

3D printing in construction!

In the building construction, 3D printing was used firstly to produce scale models within the architecture and building industry, the key being speed, and the ability to print complex objects. The application of 3D printing to make construction components or entire buildings was being developed since the 1990s and even gained momentum since 2012. And the first fully 3D printed house was introduced in October 2017 in Yaroslavl in Russia. And since then, many more 3d houses were printed in China, Dubai, Netherlands, Denmark, and so on.

3D printing in HVAC!

As of now, some HVAC components can be printed in 3D printers, as they can still be custom-made, high-quality, and expensive products. The 3D printed HVAC components can be lighter and more efficient, they can both be used for heating and cooling purposes. When 3D printed as one object, it can be solid and will not leak.

The time when the entire HVAC system will be 3D printed and custom-made for each project is slowly approaching! This is where the HVAC industry will benefit from 3D printing – in design innovation and improved products!