‘Additive Manufacturing‘ or 3D-printing is a technology right out of the movies.
If you can think it. Technology can build it for you.
‘Forbidden Planet‘, a (1956) science fiction movie, wrestles with the good and bad of having the power, through technology, of creating in the ‘real world’ anything your mind can think of.
Over the past couple of years 3D printing has become more and more impressive, capable of quickly and efficiently creating a large range of objects. But one professor from the University of Southern California has dared to dream even bigger, developing a 3D printing system that could effectively print an entire home in less than a full day.
Called Contour Crafting, the process involves utilizing a gigantic 3D printer that is placed overhead an empty lot where the home will be built. The machine builds walls with multiple layers of concrete, adding plumbing and electrical wiring as it goes and eventually leaves a complete home that only needs doors and windows to complete.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the system can also robotically paint walls or add tiles to the floors. Although Contour Crafting was created with the thought of easy to build, low cost housing in mind, the process can be modified to create luxurious homes or larger buildings. For more information on the project, head on over to the Contour Crafting webpage.
MIT Technology Review: Additive Manufacturing