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Computer-Aided Design Technology and the Construction Industry Part 1

The future of the construction industry will utilize new and exciting resources to produce the structures we work and live in. Whether it’s autonomous technology to construct buildings, state-of-the-art materials that produce long-term solutions to building problems, or computer-aided design (CAD) to conceptualize, produce, and complete projects, the construction industry will rely on innovative technology in the 21st century.

As Orlando construction lawyers, we know that sophisticated computer software programs are more than just an industry trend. CAD technology is changing the way construction professionals approach projects, design plans, implement the best practices, and produce the best results. In this five-part article, we will first discuss the basic concepts of 3D modeling and 3D printing. In the second and third sections, we will discuss several advanced computer software programs being used in the construction industry. In the fourth section, we will discuss how this technology can be implemented and even taken to the next level to benefit the construction industry. In the final section, we will discuss some specific examples of how this technology is being put into practice today.

The 3D Printing Revolution

Invented in the 1980’s, 3D printing technology has quickly proven itself to be a valuable resource for all kinds of creations. 3D modeling and printing is most commonly used to design useful items around our homes or office but has the capability to even reconstruct a person’s face after a terrible accident. As 3D printing technology continues to quickly evolve, it’s becoming an extremely important part of the construction industry.

Creating Complex Designs

Often referred to as additive manufacturing, the process of 3D modeling and 3D printing begins with designing a digital file or animation and then processing the work through a printing system. This printer systematically layers materials until the object has been created. Because the technology has the incredible ability to create extremely complex designs from scratch, 3D printing technology can be a useful tool for a variety of artistic endeavors and professional industries.

The Future of 3D Printing

With great flexibility in the designs that can be manufactured, 3D technology is in the infancy stage and will continue to be implemented more steadily into a variety of industries including medical, military, automotive, and even for the construction industry. Whether by a 3D scanner, digital camera, or a highly sophisticated CAD software program, 3D printing systems can range anywhere from under $100 in total price to an extremely advanced system that is hundreds of thousands of dollars.

As we continue this series, we will discuss some of the trailblazing ways that CAD programs are being utilized in the construction industry.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.