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Amazing technology: 3D printer could build a custom house in 20 hours

Yahoo News — “An engineering professor, Behrokh Khoshnevis, at the University of Southern California, is really thinking big: He has figured out a way to build housing with a giant 3D printer. The apparatus, instead of being the size of your typical laser printer, would actually be somewhat bigger than the house it would build through a concrete layering system called Contour Crafting.

The professor explained the process in a speech at the TEDx conference, which you can watch. (Start at 4:30 to see the animation demo.) In the video,  the professor demonstrates how the machine lays down a concrete foundation, puts up walls, even inserts wiring and plumbing, and eventually constructs an entire building, which Professor Khoshnevis says can be completed in less than a day. (All that’s left to add are doors and windows.) Robotics could even be used to add details like tiles, says the professor.”

MP: The 3D printing revolution has just begun. We can expect hundreds and probably thousands of more examples like this in the future, as this amazing, innovative, game-changing technology revolutionizes manufacturing, construction, and our entire world.

One thought on “Amazing technology: 3D printer could build a custom house in 20 hours

  1. It’s a remarkable idea and amazing technology, which is very sorely needed in many areas of the world! Just think what it could do for the squatter camps of South Africa, or various refugee camps throughout Africa. It would be interesting to see what overall cost such a device would incur.

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