Recent Developments and Challenges of 3D-Printed Construction: A Review of Research Fronts

Robert Guamán-Rivera, Alejandro Martínez-Rocamora, Rodrigo García-Alvarado, Claudia Muñoz-Sanguinetti, Luis Felipe González-Böhme, Fernando Auat-Cheein*

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In the last few years, scattered experiences of the application of additive manufacturing in the construction of buildings using 3D printing with robots or automated equipment have emerged around the world. These use a variety of procedures and suggest relevant advantages for the construction industry. In order to identify the different processes and features in development in this field and to guide future research and applications, this article presents a review of the literature on the main aspects involved in the use of 3D printing in the construction sector. The review includes state-of-the-art material mixtures, printing technologies, and potential uses, as well as a novel analysis of building strategies, management systems, and benefits stated about this new approach for construction. It reveals progressive experimentation regarding diverse features, with challenges related to the consolidation of procedures and this technology’s readiness to participate in the building market.

Original languageEnglish
Article number229
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2022


  • 3D-printed construction
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Printing materials
  • Robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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