3D-printed steel touted as the future of B.C. home construction

By Chuck Chiang
Business in Vancouver
October 31, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver company is hoping to disrupt the local construction framing industry with new technology that can “print” steel beams and accelerate the building process. LifeTec Construction Group Inc., has already caught the attention of some local upscale homebuilders and has taken on a number of small, private projects. The company said the plan is to move eventually into construction of mid-rise and commercial/industrial structures traditionally built from wood. LifeTec founder and president Krishna Jolliffe said 3D-printed steel’s advantages over wood include durability, resistance to mould and warping, environmental friendliness and shorter construction time. …“If we can work with the developer early enough, we can show up right when the foundation is complete, and it’s three to five days from there to assemble the house – as opposed to three to five weeks for building it from wood”.

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