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3-D Printed Buildings May Be The Wave Of The Future
04-06-2018, 06:34 AM #1
RiskyRob Master Blaster
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Many inventions, in hindsight, feel more like discoveries. Think of the bicycle, or the steam engine, or glass—all simple and useful enough to be widely copied once they were known.

Another such invention, 3-D printing, is now scaling up. All over the world, an impressive diversity of people and organizations, ranging from startups and hobbyists to construction and engineering firms, are successfully prototyping 3-D-printed buildings.

The printer extrudes cement in much the same way a desktop 3-D printer extrudes plastic: A print head attached to a robotic arm moves around and around, depositing one layer at a time, until a structure grows up from nothing.

But the more you examine the basics—the way the technology could potentially save energy, materials and time—the more it starts to feel like an idea that just might work.

04-06-2018, 09:07 AM #2
Strigoi Diavolul
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Thanks RR cheers.gif Love these things, and those small portable houses on the trailers.

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04-06-2018, 09:26 AM #3
RiskyRob Master Blaster
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(04-06-2018, 09:07 AM)Strigoi Wrote:  Thanks RR  cheers.gif  Love these things, and those small portable houses on the trailers.

Little houses are useful, but this technology has also built large buildings and even bridges.
04-06-2018, 09:33 AM #4
Sandy Incognito
It's the wave of the future, they were talking about using that tech to build bases on the moon.
04-06-2018, 05:47 PM #5
Baron Samedi Vodou Man
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Quote:University of Texas Engineering professor Raissa Douglas Ferron is an adviser on the project. While she sees the potential for 3-D printed homes, she questions how the concrete mix will stand up over time. She said there's not enough data yet to say whether these kind of homes can be safe, but believes they need to be built in order to collect that data.

I know a bit about construction techniques and would think rebar (metal reinforcing rods) would be required for long term stabilization. Interesting how this could provide viable affordable housing for many when proven.
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04-06-2018, 05:55 PM #6
Anonymous Kritter Incognito
Beautiful cottage.
04-06-2018, 06:33 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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It's cute, but suited for warmer climates only. Of course you can add insulation and such, but the cost would escalate quickly.


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