“The 3D printer is significantly disrupting the traditional design role held by the structural engineer but, at the same time, presents exciting new opportunities in how building designers will create, relocate and shape buildings of the future,” said Peter Greaves, Aurecon’s Buildings of the Future Leader. In Aurecon’s white paper ‘Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?’ inspired by interviews with a broad group of professionals across the built environment who were asked to imagine how buildings of the future may look and how they may be created, 3D printers were identified as a major disruptor.
The paper reports that new design approaches are being fuelled by the use of new, flexible construction materials, including composite materials, additive manufacturing concrete, solar polymers and carbon fibre balsa. The traditional architectural limitations of size, weight and shape that the building and construction industry is currently working within is about to change dramatically.
One of the areas of building in which this change is already happening is in the manufacture of decorative mouldings. Innovative companies, such as the Finishing Touch, are using new materials to produce lightweight decorative mouldings that look exactly the same as the traditional building materials of concrete and stone. Manufactured from a high grade computer cut EPS polystyrene, triple coated with a multi-part compound reinforced with sand, the new style decorative mouldings are easier to make, take less time to manufacture and are lighter to transport, offering many savings in building costs.
As in any building it is important to ensure that the best methods, processes and quality materials are being used. Unfortunately, there are some suppliers that claim to supply a similar product, but the quality is poor and the decorative mouldings do not stay adhered after a year or two. The Finishing Touch are often contracted to replace these low quality products with Finishing Touch superior quality decorative mouldings, using a fixing process that has a 7 year warranty. As innovators in the building industry, the Finishing Touch are leaders in the supply of quality, reliable, affordable, lightweight exterior decorative mouldings.