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kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/22/2014 5:35:27 PM
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Re: 3D printing walls
It would seem that current "manufactured housing" companies could enter this design and manufacturing business rather efficiently. The are already set up to mass produce the walls and modules needed for buidling inexpensive housing. Roll in the new equipment and start putting the pieces together right in the factory, and roll the finished housing to the job sites.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/21/2014 3:56:45 PM
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Frank Lloyd Wright
Hi Toby, I love his work. I think that as you say being able to recreate fixtures and fittings using a 3d printing method is very useful. Also Frank lloyd Wright was a pioneer in prebaricated blocks that he filled with concrete so I am sure he would approve of automation in that sense, but he would warn that to get rif of the artisan would be criminal. I think we will see a real synergy of bespoke and prefab components in this century. Much as we have seen fossil fuel consumption tempered by climate awareness, maybe we will see the consumer bubble tempered by a return to quality as well as value. True design is both efficient and beautiful so I suppose the world is you oyster whatever mediumor method  you use.

Toby
Toby  
7/21/2014 4:20:51 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
What we need
Is a widely cutomizable base plan for a home. The costs of a one off over mass produced is much the same with a 3D printed option and the issue of things having personality is addressed so as people feel they have their own version down to the shape of the windows and height of the ceilings.

 

Toby
Toby  
7/21/2014 4:18:55 AM
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Personlized homes
Interesting stuff. I have been also reading that the Atomic Energy Commission in this country (the UK) is planning on 3D priniting as a way of cuttng costs on Nuclear plants when they need to replace parts made over 50 years ago and where the individual manufacturing costs using tradtional methods would be huge. Simple and clever approach. If you think about the likes of a Frank Lloyd Wright house with all of its custom-made fittings which are basiacally impossible to replace to day, perhaps that is another niche in the domestic construction market for 3D printing to fill.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/18/2014 3:35:27 PM
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Extruding
Hi Terry, yeah thats a point, The term 3D printing can be a bit misleading to people who envisage giant printers like some kind of crazy giant land! I think that your term 'Industrial Extruding' or a similarly descriptive term would be more apt.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/18/2014 1:58:52 PM
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Re: 3D printing walls
I love the prospects for this emerging technology, but can we call it something other than 3D printing? How about industrial extruding, since once you stop using ink and load up the cement you're in a very different realm and scale indeed.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/18/2014 9:14:13 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 3D printing
The idea of 3D is entirely feasible if government agencies and manufacturers can come together with codes that don't limit their usefulness. This might be more difficult than it seems as the technology will certainly be changing rapidly using a variety of materials that would need testing and engineering.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/16/2014 7:59:29 AM
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3D printing walls
I agree, I personally see 3D printers being used to build the shell of a house, ie all the walls with opening precut for windows and doors and letting tradespeople and construction workers do the rest, that means houses can be being printed while another house is getting fitted out post printing phase, so I see 3D printers as becoming a new technology used on site rather than in a factory. put up a tent print the house, move the tent, print another house, fascinating possibilities.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/16/2014 6:52:00 AM
User Rank Burgher
3D printing
As 3D printing for building house becomes common and designs are made that can only be accomplished at a reasonable cost with 3D printing it will become another choice in construction methods.

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