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Assessment of the adoption of 3D printing technology for construction delivery: A case study of Lagos State, Nigeria

Year 2022, Volume 7, Issue 3, 184 - 197, 30.09.2022
https://doi.org/10.47481/jscmt.1133794

Abstract

The innovations of the fourth industrial revolution (industry 4.0) encouraged the application of 3D printing technology to complement and subsequently replace the conventional construction method. This study assessed the awareness, application, drivers and barriers to the adoption of 3D printing technology for construction with a view to enhancing faster and sustainable construction process. Primary data were obtained with the use of structured questionnaires which were self-administered to medium and small-sized construction firms/contractors in Lagos State. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study established that the awareness and application levels of the technology are still very low. The findings showed that there exist statistically significant differences (0.039 ≤ p ≤ 0.017) in 6 drivers for the adoption of 3D printing technology, which is influenced by the client’s demand and desire. The study further established that inadequate power supply limits the adoption of 3D printing in the Nigerian construction industry. Implications are indicated by the findings on drivers and barriers of the technology which could help the construction industry in developing countries towards capability improvement for better adoption of 3D printing innovation and enhanced sustainable construction process.

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  • Weinstein, D. and Nawara, P. (2015). Determining the Applicability of 3D Concrete Construction (Contour Crafting) of Low Income Houses in Select Countries. Cornell Real Estate Rev. 2015, 13, 94–111.
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Year 2022, Volume 7, Issue 3, 184 - 197, 30.09.2022
https://doi.org/10.47481/jscmt.1133794

Abstract

References

  • Afolabi, A.O., Ojelabi, R.A., Omuh, I.O. &Tunji-Olayeni, P.F. (2019). 3D house printing: a sustainable housing solution for Nigeria’s housing needs. IOP Conf. Series: Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 1299 (2019) 012012, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1299/1/012012.
  • Aghimien, D., Aigbavboa, C., Aghimien, L., Thwala, W.D. &Ndlovu, L. (2020). Making a case for 3D printing for housing delivery in South Africa. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 13(4), 565-581, doi: 10.1108/IJHMA-11-2019-0111.
  • Ameh, O. J., &Osegbo, E. E. (2011). Study of relationship between time overrun and productivity on construction sites. International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management, 2011, 1 (1), pp. 56-67.
  • Brehm, E. (2019). Robots for masonry construction- Status quo and thoughts for the German market. Mauerwerk, 23, 87–94.
  • Buchanan, C. & Gardner, L. (2019). Metal 3D printing in construction: a review of methods, research, applications, opportunities and challenges. Engineering Structures 180 (2019) 332-348.
  • Cesaretti, G., Dini E, De Kestelier X, et al., (2014). Building components for an outpost on the lunar soil by means of a novel 3D printing technology.ActaAstronautica, 93, 430–450.
  • Delgado Camacho, D.; Clayton, P.; O’Brien, W.J.; Seepersad, C.; Juenger, M.; Ferron, R.; Salamone, S. (2018). Applications of additive manufacturing in the construction industry—A forward-looking review. Autom. Constr. 2018, 89, 110–119.
  • Elistratkin, M.Y., Lesovik, V.S., Alfimova, N.I., Shurakov, I.M. (2019). On the question of mix composition selection for construction 3D printing. Materials Science Forum, 95, 218-225, doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.945.218.
  • El-Sayegh, S., Romdhane, L. & Manjikian, S. (2020). A critical review of 3D printing in construction: benefits, challenges and risks. Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. 2020, 20:34,https://doi.og/10.1007/s43452-020-00038-w.
  • Faber, I.K.N. (2016). How 3D printing technology changes the rules of the game: insights from the construction sector. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 2016, 27(7) http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-01-2016-0010.
  • Farabiyi, P.K. &Abioye, T.E. (2017). A study on the awareness level of additive manufacturing technology in south-western Nigeria. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 2017, doi: 10.1080/20421338.2017.1298231.
  • Field.2009. Discovering statistics using SPSS. Third edition. London: Sage.
  • Fish, E. (2011). Rapid prototyping how it’s done at GM: Additive manufacturing technology is helping the automaker reduce product development times and costs. Automotive Design and Production, 123(5), 46- 48.
  • Gibbons G J, Williams R, Purnell P, et al. (2010). 3D Printing of cement composites.AdvAppl Ceram, 2010, 109: 287–290.
  • Griffini G, Invernizzi M, Levi M, et al. (2016). 3D-printable CFR polymer composites with dual-cure sequential IPNs. Polymer, 2016, 91:174–179.
  • Grigoryan, E.A.; Semenova, M.D. (2020). Automation of the construction process by using a hinged robot with interchangeable nozzles.Mater. Today Proc. 2020.
  • Hager I, Golonka A, Putanowicz R. (2016). 3D printing of buildings and building components as the future of sustainable construction?Procedia Eng. 2016;151:292–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proen g.2016.07.357.
  • Hossain, M.A., Zhumabekova, A., Paul, S.C. & Kim, J.R. (20202). A review of 3D printing in construction and its impact on the labour market.Sustainability 2020, 12, 8492; doi:10.3390/su12208492.
  • Ju Y, Wang L, Liu H, et al. (2015). An experimental investigation of the thermal spalling of polypropylene-fibered reactive powder concrete exposed to elevated temperatures. Sci Bull, 2015, 60: 2022–2040.
  • Kazemian, A., Yuan, X., Cochran, E. & Khoshnevis B. (2017). Cementitious materials for construction-scale 3D printing: laboratory testing of fresh printing mixture. Construction and Building Materials, 2017, 145, 639-647, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.015.
  • Khoshnevis, B., et al. (2006). Mega-scale fabrication by contour crafting. International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2006, 1 (3), 301–320. Kothari C. R. (2004). Research Methodology Methods and Technique, 2004 Second Revised Edition, New Age International (P) Limited Publishers, New Delhi.
  • Lee, D., Kim, H., Sim, J., Lee, D., Cho, H. & Hong, D. (2019). Trends in 3D printing technology for construction automation using text mining. International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12541-019-00117-w.
  • Lediga, R. & Kruger, D. (2017). Optimizing concrete mix design for application in 3D printing technology for the construction industry. Solid State Phenomena, 263, 24-29 doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/SSP.263.24.
  • Lilis, G., Conus, G., Asadi, N. &Kayal, M. (2016). Towards the next generation of intelligent buildings: An assessment study of current automation and future IoT based systems with a proposal for transitional design. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.scs.2016.08.019.
  • Lim S, Buswell R A, Le T T, et al. (2012). Developments in constructionscale additive manufacturing processes. AutomConstr, 2012, 21: 262–268.
  • Maier A K, Dezmirean L, Will J, et al. (2011). Three-dimensional printing of flash-setting calcium aluminate cement. Journal of Material Science, 46:2947–2954..
  • Masia, T., Kajimo-Shakantu, K. and Opawole, A. (2020). A case study on the implementation of green building construction in Gauteng Province, South Africa, Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 31 (3), 602-623. DOI 10.1108/MEQ-04-2019-0085.
  • Nasila, M. & Cloete., C. (2018). Adoption of building information modeling in the construction industry in Kenya. Acta Structilia, 2018. 25(2) 1-38.
  • Ofikhenua, J. (2022). TCN: Nigeria needs 15,611MW more to meet demands. The Nation. Available online: https://thenationonlineng.net/tcn-nigeria-needs-15611mw-more-to-meet-demands/ (accessed on 18 February, 2022).
  • Tay, Y.W.D., Panda, B., Paul, S.C., Mohamed, N.A., Tan, M.J. and Leong, K.F. (2017). 3D printing trends in building and construction industry: A review. Virtual Phys. Prototyp. 12, 261–276.
  • Tractica (2020). Construction Robotics Market to Reach $226 Million Worldwide by 2025. 2019. Available online: https://tractica.omdia.com/newsroom/press-releases/construction-robotics-market-to-reach-226-million-worldwide-by-2025/ (accessed on 1 July 2020).
  • Trochim, W.M.K. (2007). The research method knowledge based.Third edition. Atomic Deg Publisher, Cincinnat. [Online] Available at: <www.atomicsdog.com> (Accessed: 17 December, 2008).
  • Saleem, F. (2020). World’s Largest 3D-Printed Building in Dubai. Available online: https://www.engineering.com/BIM/ArticleID/19863/Worlds-Largest-3D-Printed-Building-in-Dubai.aspx.
  • Van Laerhoven, H., Van der Zaag-Loonen, H.J. & Derkx, B.H.F. (2004). A comparison of Likert scale and visual dialogue scales as response options in children’s questionnaires,. Acta Paediatric 2004, 93(1), pp. 830-835.
  • Weinstein, D. and Nawara, P. (2015). Determining the Applicability of 3D Concrete Construction (Contour Crafting) of Low Income Houses in Select Countries. Cornell Real Estate Rev. 2015, 13, 94–111.
  • World Economic Forum (2016). Winsun - Demonstrating the viability of 3D printing at construction scale; 2016.
  • Wu, P., Zhao, X. Baller, J.H. & Wang, X. (2018). Developing a conceptual framework to improve the implementation of 3D printing technology in the construction industry. Architectural Science Review, 2018, doi: 10.1080/00038628.2018.1450727.
  • Wu, P., Wang, J. & Wang, X. (2016). A critical review of the use of 3D printing in the construction industry. Automation in Construction, 2016, 68, 21-31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2016.04.005.

Details

Primary Language English
Subjects Civil Engineering
Published Date September 2022
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Akintayo OPAWOLE> (Primary Author)
University of the Free State
0000-0001-8326-7824
South Africa


Betty Oluwafunso OLOJEDE This is me
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
0000-0001-8803-4173
Nigeria


Kahilu KAJİMO-SHAKANTU This is me
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
0000-0002-0368-1791
South Africa

Publication Date September 30, 2022
Application Date June 21, 2022
Published in Issue Year 2022, Volume 7, Issue 3

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APA Opawole, A. , Olojede, B. O. & Kajimo-shakantu, K. (2022). Assessment of the adoption of 3D printing technology for construction delivery: A case study of Lagos State, Nigeria . Journal of Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies , 7 (3) , 184-197 . DOI: 10.47481/jscmt.1133794

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