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The Printer That Can Print A 2,500 Square Foot House In 20 Hours

The Printer That Can Print A 2 500 Square Foot House In 20 Hours Industry Tap


We have seen huge advancements in 3D printing. We’ve even seen oversized wrenches printed that measure 1.2 meters in length. Now, we can print an entire 2,500 sqft house in 20 hours.

In the TED Talk video below, Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), demonstrates automated construction, using 3D printers to build an entire house in 20 hours.

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The machine is called ‘Contour Crafting’. Cool.

Contour Crafting technology has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.

The potential applications of this technology are far reaching including but not limited to applications in emergency, low-income, and commercial housing.

Contour Crafting will most probably be one of the very few feasible approaches for building structures on other planets, such as the Moon and Mars, which are being targeted for human colonization before the end of the new century.

View the USC Urban Initiative for more info on CC.


wow, that is incredibly cool.

And walls 3x stronger? and easy curves? and probably much better insulation.

Me want!!

I wonder how close this is to commercialization.

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