Kasey Lynn Joyce published an article in Law360 concerning the legal ramifications of 3D printing. Innovators are always looking to resolve present issues with modern technology and construction methods to reduce the impact of cost, accessibility, labor and supply shortages, and sustainability. 3D printing in the construction space provides a new method that allows designers, engineers, and developers to reliably create complex designs, build more sustainable, eco-friendly structures, and reduce material waste and construction costs by up to 90%.

“3D-printing construction methods are preferred by developers and owners as well as designers because these methods lessen material costs, project time, labor costs, on-site worker liability and overall cost to the end project,” writes Kasey. “In Florida, 3D-printed houses have been built in Tallahassee and, most recently, South Tampa, selling at $256,000 and $599,300, respectively.”

There are caveats to 3D printing. Kasey warns, “3D products do not fit squarely into the general commercial liability and professional liability insurance coverages typically issued for construction projects.” She also highlights issues of current building codes, permit requirements, and quality assurance standards as other obstacles that 3D printing does not completely address and can put a developer and/or owner at risk.

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