Success Factors for 3D Printing Technology Adoption in Construction
Skibniewski, Miroslaw J
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3D printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology is taking small, slow steps in the construction industry. It is dominantly used for prototyping purposes, and even with the several benefits it can bring to building technology, it is not being adopted on the desired scale. Several inter-organizational and intra-organizational factors play a critical role in determining the extent of 3D printing technology adoption in construction. This dissertation uses various technology innovation theories and studies to identify factors which might affect the 3D printing technology adoption in construction. The research investigates these elements from different stakeholder’s perspective and categorizes and analyzes them. The approach includes elaborate literature review, correspondence with professionals, and case studies. The success factors are assessed based on questionnaire responses from organizations and personnel who are interested in or are working with construction 3D printing. This research will help in understanding the implementation of the 3D printing technology in construction and provide a framework to guide efforts in the direction of technology adoption into the construction practice.