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Build a House Using 3D Printing? Why Not?

Posted: January 6, 2014

Can you imagine completing the construction of a custom-designed house in just one day? New technology that makes this possible is now in the prototype stage. Known as Contour Crafting (CC), the technology has the potential to radically change the construction industry—perhaps even your business.

CC is a layered fabrication technology that works similar to a 3D printer. This technology may be used someday to automate the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. 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. All the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning are embedded in each house.

The potential applications of this technology are far reaching, including but not limited to applications in emergency, low-income and commercial housing, and possibly even for habits on the moon or Mars.

Instead of plastic as with many 3D printers, the Contour Crafting prototype is equipped with a nozzle that extrudes concrete walls with internal reinforcement. Like its smaller counterparts, the CC process is driven by CAD models. Since the process is computer driven, the designs of buildings and walls can be customized even on the construction site while the home is being built.

Once the walls of a structure are “printed,” trade professionals would do the rest of essential building tasks, from framing the floors and roofing structure to interior and exterior finishing.

To learn more and view the videos of the Contour Crafting process, visit http://www.contourcrafting.org/.

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