3D Printer Houses: Is This The Future Of Construction?

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A 3D Printer might be the builder of houses in the future.  In fact, a Chinese company printed ten houses using a 3D Printer in one day.  Notice I had to use the word “printed” and not “built?” 

Construction companies will change. Builder’s and Architects way of doing business will change.

The whole idea that a printer could arrive at your property and build your home in one day is mind-bending stuff.

3 D Printer House

The 3D Printer is a layered fabrication technology called Contour Crafting developed by Dr. Behrokh Khoshevis of the University of Southern California.

Using the printer, robotic arms and nozzles can print a house or neighborhood of houses, each with a different design. The giant robot can install tile floors, electrical and plumbing. It can even apply paint and wallpaper.

Watch this cartoon example of how the 3D Printer builds a house.  The only thing I noticed in this video and others I watched is no opening for stairs in two-story houses.

This kind of house is a serious consideration for emergency shelters after catastrophes like Katrina. It’s a quick and inexpensive way to build homes in slums and undeveloped countries too.

Huffington Post says NASA is looking at 3D Printers to build house colonies and roads on the Moon and Mars. In fact, Contour Crafting just won the grand prize of $20,000 for the Create The Future Design Contest hosted by NASA for this large construction printer.

The walls don’t have to be square or even the houses.  The computer-generated program can be changed to include beautiful architectural details without extra cost-shared on TED Talks.

What do humans do? Workers set up two rails the width of the building and well..humans need to hang doors and windows.

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  1. The comment about a Chinese company printing ten houses in one day is interesting. You’re right about the change that is prevalent in these industries.

  2. wow i see it but i dont beleive it will wonders never cease lol thanks for blowing my mind sue

  3. Love your expressive comment Heather. Like you, my mind is still in wonderment that something as big as a house can be created with these new 3D Printers.

  4. I’ve been wondering about food a lot since I heard about these 3D Printers so tell your son he is awesome. Jetsons here we come!

  5. I know Sarah, mind boggling that this 3D Printer can build houses and neighborhoods. You could say…print me a Historic house please.

  6. My son is working on a idea of using 3D printers to print food! It won’t look like a gorgeous cupcake or piece of bread, but it will be nutritious.

    Oh, what next!

  7. This is crazy stuff! I’ve heard of a 3D printer before but I never thought it could do something as big as a house. this is pretty incredible stuff. 10 houses in a day that is insane!

  8. Crazy. Just plain crazy. I cannot even wrap my brain around the technology. It’s way too sci-fi for me!!!

  9. 3D printing will definitely be a part of our future soon…well it actually is already. I’ve seen everything constructed with it from shoes to even possibly food! This is a huge wow for housing. I’m looking forward to a high tech future for sure. Thanks for sharing….really amazing stuff!

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