3D Printing and The Construction Industry – Will It Affect Plant Machinery Sales?

Future of PLant Machinery

The construction industry is constantly seeking innovative ways to improve efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness. One significant recent development within the industry is the use of 3D printing technology.

This tech has the potential to completely transform the way we construct buildings, but does this mean it’ll also affect plant machinery sales in the future?


3D printing is a process that creates three-dimensional objects by depositing layers of material on top of one another, until the desired shape is formed. The process begins with a digital design that is sent to a 3D printer. The printer will then read the design and begin depositing the printing material, layer by layer. Common materials used for 3D printing include plastic, metal, and ceramics.



One of the great ways 3D printing can be used in construction is by creating building components. The technology can produce complex and intricate designs that would be difficult and time consuming to make using traditional methods. This includes the production of building facades, columns, and other architectural elements. 3D printing allows for these components to be made more quickly and efficiently.


Rapid prototyping is another way 3D printing can be utilised within the construction industry. It’s a great way to quickly produce a physical model to help with testing functionality and aesthetics. A prototype of a building component can be built within hours, allowing the team to get a better idea of the project outcome.


This technology can also make construction practises more sustainable. The 3D printer only uses the amount of material that is required, meaning it creates no waste. Helping to reduce the environmental impact of construction projects and cut down costs associated with material waste.


One of the most interesting ways this technology has been developed recently is for printing entire buildings, right on the construction site. The material most commonly being used for this is concrete, specially mixed to be quick drying and thick enough to support each layer as it becomes taller and taller.

With a number of developers beginning to take an interest in and use this technology, will it soon become the norm? We think there’s potential! With 3D printing already being proved as a quicker, cheaper, and more sustainable way to build houses. 

Building developments around the world are seeing the benefits of this technology. Such as the joint venture between Holcim and British International Investment, 14Trees. This project has seen the shells of 10 houses completed within 10 weeks using just one 3D printer. What’s claimed to be America’s largest 3D printed house has recently been put up for sale. The four-bed, two-bath house in New York is described as being stronger and more durable than most modern houses in America. Which are typically made up of timber frame construction. 


Although 3D printing is definitely proving itself to have great potential on construction sites, we don’t see it as being a threat to plant machinery sales. One reason why is because the technology still has some challenges to overcome before it becomes mainstream. Another reason is that these buildings will still need foundations. Meaning plant machinery such as excavators will still be needed on construction sites. At present, 3D printing is only capable of constructing the outer walls of buildings. This means other components of the building, such as the roof, will still need to be added, calling for the need of telehandlers and similar plant machinery. 3D printers used in construction are pretty large pieces of equipment too, so you’ll likely find operators using machinery to help with setting them up on site.

plant machinery sales


At IPS, we’re specialists when it comes to used plant machinery sales. We have years of experience when it comes to selling machinery to the global market, having shipped machines all around the world. We stock a wide variety of machinery, ranging from mini and midi diggers, to telehandlers and rollers. Whatever you need for your project, we’re sure we can help. 

When you purchased used plant machinery from IPS, you’ll benefit from:

  • A well maintained machine with low hours.
  • Worldwide shipping available on all machinery.
  • Full manufacturer’s service history.

If you have any questions or wish to enquire about any of our machines, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team will be happy to help as best we can.


Information correct as of 22/03/23

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