Will construction robots and 3D printing replace construction workers?
Only time will tell, but construction robotics and 3D printing have come a long way in a short period of time. We may see more buildings being built with robotics and 3D printing in the near future. They can be cheap to build and take a fraction of the time construction workers need to take.
The technology is advancing quickly and is used in the United States, Europe, China, Australia and other countries. As the technology is perfected, prices will come down and we may see construction workers replaced by robots and 3D printing. Some construction workers will still be needed to install windows and doors, but robots may eventually be able to do those jobs, too.
It may take 10 to 20 years for construction robots and 3D printing to take over the construction industry, but in the meantime, young workers should consider their priorities. Perhaps they should choose CAD computer courses instead, because input into computers is needed to construct a home or larger building with CAD drawings.
We have been building homes for 6000 years using traditional methods, but robotics and 3D printing seem to be the wave of the future. Time will tell, but considering the advances made, it is only a matter of time before construction workers are replaced by robotics and 3D printing. Future generations of construction workers may have to rethink their priorities. While construction robots and 3D printing won’t reach all parts of the world, they will eventually take over in large cities and new suburbs.