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Nov. 11th, 2008

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Built For Speed: Printing Buildings

Contour Crafting is an effort to scale up rapid prototyping/manufacturing (a billion dollar industry to make 3 dimensional parts) and inkjet printing techniques to the scale of building multi-story buildings and vehicles. The process could accelerate the trillion dollar (US only) construction industry by 200 times. Projections indicate costs will be around one fifth as much as conventional construction. (Land prices are unchanged, so the actual prices of homes would not change as much in say Hawaii, Tokyo, Manhattan or San Francisco). Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.

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Date:November 11th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the RepRap?
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Date:November 12th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
The thing that always worries me about printing buildings is the roof. How do you get a non-dome roof to stay up during the initial printing?
A dome on the top is OK but you wouldn't want every level in the building to be a dome.
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Date:November 18th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
That's awesome...though you better be damn sure you got the design right before you go printing. One of the biggest advantages to having a lot of people working on a project over a longer period of time is the ability to check over everyone's work repeatedly and correct any design flaws. Also the flexibility to adjust a good design when the location itself turns out to have "issues" of some sort.
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