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Ann Thryft
Ann Thryft  
12/3/2012 11:38:52 AM
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Re: The future of construction
Thanks, wbalthrop. Contour Crafting has been a lone voice with this message for many years and recently others have begun investigating the use of this technology for making buildings.

Resurgent phoenix, many of the materials, as stated, are highly durable. Whether they're also recyclable remains to be seen. At this stage these technologies are in proof of concept and prototyping, so there are still lots of unanswered questions.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
11/30/2012 9:43:40 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Great!!!!
I appreciate this blog it is informative.  Are these three D printed houses durable?  What effect does the elements have on them?  Can they be recycled.  It would be nice to not only print your house, but also your furniture!

SylvieBarak
SylvieBarak  
11/29/2012 7:22:20 PM
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3D printing for the win!!
I can't wait for 3D printed houses.... it's my ultimate geeky fantasy :)

That and being able to print out my own furniture to put in them. 

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
11/28/2012 9:41:25 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
The future of construction
Nice post Ann. I have been following Contour Crafting for a year and their method could revolutionize construction. It's good to hear that others are making strides to use materiels that have less impact. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/28/2012 5:26:49 PM
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Re: cannot believe
This technology fascinates me, and I'm not sure I understand how it works. But it certainly portends faster and more efficient building fabrication. That in turn can mean great progress for urban site renewal, disaster rebuilding, and other activities.

arv
arv  
11/28/2012 1:57:47 PM
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cannot believe
Ann, thanks for a very interesting and informative post. 

  I had heard about the rapid wall technology for fast construction and less CO2 emissions but had never thought that there can be a printer to build a structure/house and that too 12m tall... (i checked the D shape printer pdf link and they claim a 18m tall structure is possible).  With days to come we may witness a new and different house settings in urban cities (which have to be more aggressive in incorporating green technology)...

   

Hazel
Hazel  
11/28/2012 1:47:49 PM
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Re: Printable on Site
It was only a matter of time before they expanded the applications of 3D printing to a larger scale. I agree that it is indeed a huge challenge to balance out costs, environmental impact, and efficient manufacturing--but it's also very much doable, with time and with more experience. It would be interesting to see where this would lead and if this will ever be embraced in an urban setting.

Ann Thryft
Ann Thryft  
11/28/2012 12:42:45 PM
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Re: Printable on Site
Thanks for your comment, Peter. These are some really exciting possibilities, but AFAIK, there are no deployments yet in urban settings. The only buildings so far I know of are the individual houses in Denmark and Catalonia (Spain).

PeterJ
PeterJ  
11/28/2012 10:18:36 AM
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Printable on Site
This is really amazing! It leads me to think about recovery from disaster and the ability we may have to perform complex planning and construction/reconstruction in an accelerated manner. Is the technology being embraced in large urban settings?



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