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Published: 16 March 2015

Emil Jonsson completed his studies in the Master Programme in Architectural Engineering with a thesis on 3D Printers potential in the construction industry on behalf of the company NCC. The title of the thesis is: 3D Printers something for the construction industry? An inventory of maturity, technology development and possible applications.

It was an unusually well-attended presentation that attracted both students and outsiders to Emil Jonsson's delving into the extremely rapid technological development that is happening right now in the field of 3D printers. When work began in September were buildings produced by this technique a vision. By February 1015 a apartment building was completed in China using 3D-printers. Read more here

–  There is an enormous interest in the construction industry, but still we are a little cautious here in Sweden, says Lars Stehn, Professor and Holder of Chair within the research subject Timber Structures at Luleå University of Technology.

Professor Lars Stehn and Emil Jonsson.
Professor Lars Stehn and Emil Jonsson.

The work included, among other things, a survey of how far the Swedish construction companies has come using this new technology, and what will happen within the next 5 years. 3D printers can be divided into various segments where the cheapest becomes pure consumer products with prices from 1000 SEK. Among the more spectacular visions for the future is probably the NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) plans to build future moonbases with 3D printers. A visit to The 3D Print Show 2014 Paris was part of Emil Jonsson's work and where the company Autodesk unveiled their ideas for a common software standard for 3D printers, which would streamline the development.

–  Structures made with 3D printers also provide great opportunities with new design and layout. The development is extremely fast and a lot will happen in the coming years, says Emil Jonsson.

The thesis


Lars Stehn

Stehn, Lars - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491976
Room: T2019 - Luleå»