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When it comes to 3D printers, size isn't an issue. A Chinese company called Winsun has used giant 3D printers to build ten houses in only a day! This technology is saving money, labor, and time, and has big implications for housing development. Are you ready to print your dream home of the future?
What do you think about 3D printing? Will it democratize manufacturing, or is it spelling the doom of the consumer market? Let us know in the comments below!
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The drive for profit will always undermine truly good and noble causes. The fruits of technology, productivity, and efficiency have to be distributed across all of society if we are to improve infrastructure and the public health and well being. Right now, we live in a pyramid scheme where the affluent at the top, the well to do in the middle, the working class below them, and finally the poor at the bottom. If we want society to collapse then we'll keep going where we're going. If we want our truly good and noble causes to bear fruit that everybody can eat and not just the rich or the well to do in the middle. The crux is, that we can develop all of the technology in the world to resolve homelessness, to resolve hunger, to resolve poverty, solve engineering problems, etc., but we might just not do those things depending on how we as a society use that technology because we will be undermined by the profit we seek. *I do think that 3D printing will change the world. I'm just worried we're going to use gun powder to fight wars instead of light fireworks.*
it's awesome and we should be using it right now. There are so many families and individuals who are homeless or can't afford to build a regular home because of cost and this technology could really help them get started right . 👍
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I love this idea. As a 40 year construction worker and now Career and Technical Education teacher. I think we should be teaching this technology in apprenticeship and engineering programs in alternative to college schools (private, not government)
At present this machine is just waste of concrete. I mean who builds an entire house with concrete? We just build pillars and roof with concrete and rest of wall is made of bricks glued and plastered with cement.
I believe this is the future and its coming fast. The designs of houses will be limitless, and that means the average person could spend a fraction and have a house like the 1%. You have to open your imagination to the abilities of computers and a 3D printer. Heck, with the correct materials, you could program the printer to install the wiring, plumbing, heating and even solar panels. Lets even go further, why not have it make the furniture that will go in the house. The possibilities are endless.
I think this is great. I don't think people get the meaning of human evolution. There will be no more conventional work in the future. My vision of the future is not the pursuit of wealth or material gain but the betterment of humanity. More exploration, more science, more study and meditation, more inventing, more learning and bonding between people because we will have no other choice. Envision if you will a society where you can make profit but you are not required to. A society where you are able to fill your dreams and your passions unfettered by your needs. Everyone will have better than adequate housing, better than adequate healthcare and educational opportunity. There will be work but it will be service work private and public where the needs of man will be the focal point. Star Trek, Star Wars, other futuristic societies where people get to just live and capital is not king. We all saw this coming. The future is now!
A house is not an ideal application for a 3D printer because there are too many other element that need to be integrated into and around the frame (plumbing, electricity, roofing HVAC, etc.). Moreover, esthetics matter for a home owner.
However, a large 3D printer extruding concrete would be much more useful for constructing small bridges or the shore supports for small bridges. There are many specific infrastructure parts that could be extruded on site instead of making forms and pouring concrete. That's where 3D printers will first be used commercially.
One of the question about this type of building materials is how safe are they to live in. ? I am referring to the fact that a lot of these parts using these printers use polymers which are generally oil based. Which are generally very flammable.
I remember the first car (brand new wv) I bought for only $5000, the first pc for $1500. Yep true technology makes things easier to construct but in time the price will increase, brand new WV over $30000, a PC with all its gadgets, softwares, hardware, etc. over $3000. 3d printed houses is also, only on the way, to increase the price of housing, wait and see.
Sounds good to print cheap, affordable housing to solve the lack of new Starter Home constructions in most of the USA but what I dont like about it is that if the whole house is 3D printed and 1 single combined piece instead of individual pieces of drywall laid next to each other is that if there is a crack or hole made on the wall its likely to affect a larger area since its uniframe (1 piece). One other thing that would be difficult to do would be running wires from the attic to individual rooms (for cable tv, internet, fiber optic cables, speaker cables, electricity, etc) since the walls are solid concrete instead of drywall laid on top of a wooden frame.
I was in finance and met with Dr. Koshnevis at USC in the Gerontology area. This was many years ago. I read about his work and wanted to provide him with money. He wanted a $10 million loan for R & D. My investors don't make loans for R & D. and so the loan request went nowhere. At the time, he had many problems with his gantry and system and was not ready to begin building houses. I don't think those problems have been resolved and I don't think he's yet building homes in the USA. I still love his ideas and want to see him succeed. It's good to see your video about him! Thanks!
This concept is fantastic! It has a future, and some intermediate questions: can my dream-home be built as parts and constructed in my 40 acres in Wyoming? This is an amazing idea with potential of solving my dream-home inexpensively.
I think it's a great idea and needs to be in the market but the unions and banks may suppress it because of money and job loss. Buckinster Fuller designed the Dymaxium house and this also happen to his idea from materializing
I'm guessing that the house does not come with plumbing or electrical wiring or windows or anything else but walls. Does it even have a roof or doors? They are also quite small, about like a log cabin! How much would it cost to build walls with logs?
Love it were do I get someone in wa state to do this are those for rent to use so we can do it our self or or they not quit ready for use with the public wow this would be a answer to many of my troubles to make a compound with 3 or 4 to have one for each kid to have one and one for me to finish getting old an the kids are all ready adults but don't want to leave but that ok to we love our kids for sure so ya they can bug me for ever sent that what they do best lol
Once I visited a Hollow metal Door and frame company and I was so sad when I realized that the managers have fired 6 people because they bought a robot which had much more productivity than those 6 crews.This is a bad part of technology.The same thing will happen when this 3D technology becomes very popular in industry.
Many of my own family are in the construction trades. This technology would (will) eliminate or radically change their jobs. But the genie is out of the lamp; because it CAN be done, eventually it WILL be done. Just like so many other parts of a rapidly changing world, the good that this technique can bring in terms of democratization of housing, in environmental protection and time efficiency, will be good for our species and our planet overall. We are at the crossroads in utilizing technology fully. Just as agriculture freed up humans to be more creative by giving us so much more time to think and create, modern technology will free us as a species, perhaps to explore space, perhaps to new and greater intellectual and artistic achievements. Certainly 3d printed housing will improve the standard of living for millions of people. Just as bureaucrats all over the world were put out of work by computing technology, construction workers will have to adapt to this and grow and change.
Eh what about the foundation of the house? And concrete must be cured for 28 days to develop full strength. So you might make your house in a day but you won't get to live there for a month. Although, I guess compared to traditional construction, that's still a lot faster.
Many jobs will end and many other will be created by demand of house printer industry it will be necessary people to operate these machines to working in production line of 3D printer industry as long as 3d printers demand grows more people will be hired to increase production. Its how our modern world works innovation kill some jobs but creat many others at the same we could not stop the course of technology people from typewriter machines were worried about lose their jobs when computers came true. This technology will turn safety housing more affordable to poorest people and each one is responsible to adapt themselves to labor market tendencies those ones who don't adapt themselves could pay the consequences for their own actions
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