Step aside BIM (building information modeling). Robotics might just be the next big technology advancement for residential homebuilders.

A new report from BIS Research suggests the global cloud robotics market is expected to reach $11.3 billion by 2023. Cloud robotics is driven by a rise in adoption of 5G technology, minimal infrastructural requirements, and declining cost of the cloud-based platforms.

While robotics can come into play for homebuilders in a number of different ways, one key way is by leveraging 3D printing to build new homes—and in some cases new communities, which is a growing trend, particularly among low-income developments.

3D printing offers the construction industry many benefits including visualization of the structure, improved communication and a better way to engage the homeowner, and the ability to test the orientation of the home.

While there are a number of different ways 3D printing can impact the construction industry, at a basic level, the technology produces physical models quickly from 3D CAD (computer-aided design), BIM, and other digital data.

As CAD and BIM continue to move forward, 3D printing can quickly become another facet in the BIM process.

The potential opportunities for 3D printing in the construction industry are vast, and could soon come to a jobsite. Going forward, homebuilders might want to consider how technology such as this could play a role in the month’s ahead.

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