Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2024

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Decision Sciences

Program or Major

Business Administration: Information Systems & Business Analytics; Sustainability Dual Major

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Russell Miles


This research investigates the expanding practice of 3D printing in construction, focusing on its potential impacts and challenges it will face within the industry. Emphasizing both its sustainability and cost-saving benefits, this paper examines how 3D printing could potentially revolutionize traditional building methods. The ability to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, address the global housing shortage, and reduce material waste are addressed. Through interviews with industry professionals, as well as a thorough literature review, the research explores the factors driving interest and investment in 3D printing technology. Additionally, it analyzes common misconceptions regarding 3D printed structures and pinpoints areas for further research, specifically in material development and environmental considerations. These misconceptions include the idea that all 3D printed homes must look alike, or the method is “unfinished.” Through providing insights into the future market of 3D printing, this research aims to inform the overall benefits and challenges of the method in the pursuit of improved sustainable and efficient building practices.