November 24, 2014

...AND CHEAPER...:

Printing the future : 3D printing may be the way mass manufacture is going, but it is also bringing out the artisan in all of us. (Tim Dean, 11/24/14, Cosmos)

3D printing can make big objects too. In early 2014 WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. in China built several houses outside Shanghai using an enormous 3D printer.... This changed the building method - these houses did not rise from the ground in the conventional manner. Rather, the basic structural elements were printed using an automated gantry arm to extrude a mixture of high grade concrete and glass fibre. The parts were then assembled. The company's aim is to build up to 10 houses a day at a cost of around $5,000 each.

A similar demonstration is slowly taking shape in Amsterdam at the 3D Print Canal House, led by DUS architects. Instead of concrete, DUS is using a custom granular plastic made from 80% vegetable oil that melts at 170°C. An oversized 3D printer called KamerMaker (or "room builder") melts the plastic and extrudes it layer by layer to form the structural elements, which can also have cosmetic elements built in.

The lessons learnt from the project will inform 3D-printed house designs around the world.

Posted by at November 24, 2014 1:27 PM
  

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