Our changing world (part 1) – 3D printing

3D printing in housing construction

We will be traveling in Europe this spring (2015), and for a moment we considered stopping in Amsterdam so we could pay a visit to the 3D Print Canal House, a project conceived by Dus Architects in the Netherlands. In a smart move, Dus Architects decided not to simply “build” an object that looks and feels like a house, choosing instead to focus on “research, experimentation and development”. That makes a great deal of sense to me because the challenge of a habitable house is multifaceted; the house must meet environmental and building standards, and be visually appealing and not be too expensive to build. In any event, we can see a future in which 3D printing technology is widely used in housing construction. What impact could this have on our world?

Meanwhile, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California has been working on a layered fabrication technology called “Contour Crafting”.

“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.” http://www.contourcrafting.org/

3D printing in the automotive industry

Watch the following videos – they speak for themselves: