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Are printed houses in our future?

futureplanning.pngOne of the areas I’ve touched on before is the concept of large scale 3D printing, essentially enabling the printing of houses. I came across this article on Why 3D-Printed Houses Matter. It is an interesting view of the current state and current misconceptions of what is possible. It also includes a link to a documentary being created about The Man Who Prints Houses showing the issues one person and his company had in making his dream a reality.  


May people have trouble wrapping their mind around a 3D-printed house, thinking it would be done board-by-board or brick-by-brick, when in reality much of the structure would be extruded (relatively seamlessly) onsite out of specially created materials. This will enable radically new topologies and techniques.


In the same way that 3D additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques are changing how we fabricate components and products, the same shifts could easily take place in the building market for some situations. The following TED Talk Video gives a great overview:



It makes me wonder about other industries and their future integration between computing and the basic tasks that need to be performed.

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