The construction industry is being reshaped by innovative technologies.


Today, we want to share with you the exciting advancements happening in the construction industry. The use of advanced technologies like 3D printing and automation is transforming the way we build. We recently came across an article in The New York Times that shed light on the inefficiencies in construction projects and the various technologies being implemented to improve the process.

The construction industry is currently at full employment, and with new large-scale opportunities arising from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and clean energy initiatives in the Inflation Reduction Act, there is a pressing need for automation to fully capitalize on these opportunities. The NYT article particularly focused on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to collect data using construction helmet-mounted cameras and analyze it to enhance processes.

However, there was one technology highlighted in the article that we believe deserves more attention – 3D printing. We have seen firsthand how almost every building component is benefiting from some level of 3D printing technology. Lighting, HVAC systems, flooring and tiling, windows and glass, plumbing and bath fixtures, and even elevators are all being enhanced through 3D printing.

The use of 3D printing off-site to design and create building components has proven to improve quality, increase efficiency, and reduce costs compared to traditional on-site construction practices. By utilizing this technology, companies can ensure that their projects are completed to the highest standards while also saving time and money.

While these advancements bring many benefits, it’s important to acknowledge the challenges driven by the labor shortages in the construction industry. A recent labor dispute at the Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) Arizona foundry construction site highlighted the struggle to find enough local workers despite significant funding from the CHIPS and Science Act. This has led to proposals to bring in construction workers from Taiwan, which face opposition from local unions.

In light of these challenges, we recently published an article about a US plumbing supplier targeting the foundry construction market. This showcases the industry’s determination to find innovative solutions to overcome labor shortages and ensure project success.

Now, let’s talk about the financial aspect. Amidst this transformative shift in the construction industry, companies can leverage the permanent Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit to further incentivize innovation and the implementation of cutting-edge solutions. The R&D Tax Credit is available for companies that develop new or improved products, processes, and/or software. 3D printing plays a crucial role here.

Wages for technical employees involved in creating, testing, and revising 3D printed prototypes can be included as a percentage of eligible time spent for the R&D Tax Credit. Additionally, integrating 3D printing hardware and software for process improvement is considered an eligible activity. Lastly, the costs of filaments consumed during the development process for modeling and preproduction can also be recovered. In short, using 3D printing can help boost a company’s R&D Tax Credits and signify that eligible activities are taking place.

Architects are also utilizing 3D printing technology to create building models for evaluation purposes. And on-site, 3D printing of concrete forms using robot gantry systems is becoming increasingly common among major cement companies around the world, such as COBOD and Cemex, for various housing projects.

With the current level of incentives in the US construction industry and the emergence of new technologies, there is an unprecedented opportunity to automate all aspects of the construction process. By embracing advanced technologies like 3D printing and automation, companies can streamline operations, improve productivity, and meet the demands of the evolving industry.

So, in conclusion, we encourage companies in the construction industry to explore the potential of 3D printing and automation. These technologies offer immense benefits in terms of efficiency, cost reduction, and quality improvement. Additionally, companies should consider taking advantage of the R&D Tax Credit to further incentivize innovation and ensure their projects stay ahead of the curve.

The construction industry is on the cusp of a revolution, and by embracing advanced technologies, companies can position themselves as leaders in this transformative shift. It’s an exciting time for innovation, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the industry.

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