Over the past years, we have seen technology and robots takes over the roles of manual labor in all fields of work. This new technological creation will lead to some businesses thriving and others crumbling in the dirt. The World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) is ready to release Deltas largest 3D printer, Big Delta. Through the use of community materials, such as clay and mud, this 3D printer builds houses with just about no cost.
Big Delta has the ability to be very successful. It can help construction businesses achieve a higher-level of success than ever imagined. One downside is the limited need for construction workers, which leads to people looking for new work. Not focusing on the business aspect of things for a second, Big Delta is a great invention for communities around the world. It can help communities in need and is very safe for the environment.
Construction companies around the globe can start investing in Big Delta, and get ahead of the game. Removing the process of manual labor leads to faster production of houses, which can take away the business of competitors in your field. Companies invested in Big Delta can also market that they care more about their customers than the profits, by building houses out of local materials with minimal energy use. That marketing strategy can also lead to those companies receiving a better reputation.
Assuming that not all construction businesses have the ability to invest, Big Delta will be closing down businesses and taking away the jobs of thousands of people. If Big Delta is successful and can build homes rapidly and at a cheap cost, that could possibly lead to city buildings and apartments using this method of construction. So if this 3D printer takes over the duty of building homes and city building around the world, what does that mean for construction companies that cannot invest? Those companies will begin to rapidly shut down.
Removing the need for manual labor, as talked about earlier, will result in the unemployment rate skyrocketing. Big Delta will replace construction workers all around the world and will leave them looking for new work.
One major positive factor of Big Delta is their wish to help communities; it can help parts of the world hit from natural disasters and in need of rebuilding. Cheap and quick to build housing units could also be a good fit for, among other things, bringing quick relief to areas hit by natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods (1). This new technology has the ability to bring natural disaster struck areas back to normalcy faster than companies with manual labor.
By 2030, about 3 billion people, or about 40 per cent of the world’s population, will need proper housing and access to basic infrastructure and services such as water and sanitation systems (2). This fact was provided by the United Nations, and WASP has made it their mission to contribute to the populations needs.