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PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours
RYOT ^ | April 14, 2014 | Oliver Micheals

Posted on 04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately.

But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace — 10 homes in 24 hours.

Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer.

Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction.

The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made almost entirely of construction and other industrial waste.

When it’s all said and done, the houses are roughly 650 square feet and cost only $4,800 to make, which is why they’re being considered as a housing solution for China’s poor.

It’s not the first crack at 3D home building, but it is definitely the fastest, most economical, and environmentally friendly way we’ve seen to date.

Check out the finished product below:

(PHOTOS-AT-LINK)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting; building; china; construction; economy; housing; realestate

1 posted on 04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; null and void

Ping


2 posted on 04/14/2014 9:07:24 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump


3 posted on 04/14/2014 9:07:48 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

4 posted on 04/14/2014 9:08:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...
3-D Printer Ping!
5 posted on 04/14/2014 9:08:30 PM PDT by null and void (The British declared war on the Tea Party. The Tea Party won! (Thanks mom!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Please tell me the guy operating the printer is non-union.


6 posted on 04/14/2014 9:10:00 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most honorable Null and Voidness, where are you?


7 posted on 04/14/2014 9:15:37 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These homes look hot in the summer and cold in the winter—if winters are cold and summers are hot.


8 posted on 04/14/2014 9:18:02 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: Hoodat

Depends on what you mean by the word “union” I suppose.


9 posted on 04/14/2014 9:18:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: ckilmer

I’m guessing they would be insulated in some form or fashion.


10 posted on 04/14/2014 9:19:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great.... more cities for the Chinese to build and not let people live in

Sounds like a Potemkin village to me


11 posted on 04/14/2014 9:27:48 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

4000 psi fiberglass reinforced concrete, or like their gypsum board, junk?


12 posted on 04/14/2014 9:31:23 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They built trusses, not homes.


13 posted on 04/14/2014 9:44:34 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Lose to Cruz - 2016!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I always wanted a home made from industrial waste. Can’t wait for the cancer to set in.


14 posted on 04/14/2014 9:45:32 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: tumblindice

Sure doesn’t look to be anything on the line of 1/2+ aggregate in it...


15 posted on 04/14/2014 9:47:42 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Kirkwood

Oh, forgot to mention - they Chicoms bought a whole shedload of industrial waste really cheap - from Japan.


16 posted on 04/14/2014 9:51:16 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Kirkwood

You pay extra for cancer.


17 posted on 04/14/2014 9:55:55 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Axenolith

Portland cement? Any reinforcement, rebar?


18 posted on 04/14/2014 9:57:58 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This 3D printing technology would be kind of handy for rapidly making structures out of lunar dust and some kind of bounding agent. Assuming one ever wanted to do that.


19 posted on 04/14/2014 9:59:38 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Husker24

I ain’t paying extra for cancer. I’ll just take my free chinese mold.


20 posted on 04/14/2014 10:01:16 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

Imagine if you could come up with a surveying strategy for quickly laying in water and sewage, and then put these type of houses over top of them for disaster relief. It could be pretty cool.


21 posted on 04/14/2014 10:13:11 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

It can’t compete with a FEMA trailer.


22 posted on 04/14/2014 10:20:37 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It will never pass the California Building Code.


23 posted on 04/14/2014 10:20:47 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Kirkwood

I’ve said for years that glue and Luna/Mars dirt could make nice habitats. All you need is a functional airlock to get in and out.

Great minds think alike...lol :-)


24 posted on 04/14/2014 10:38:18 PM PDT by Bobalu (Four Cokes And A Fried Chicken)
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To: null and void

Wonder if this concrete is infused with air bubbles like the “liteblock” concrete products.

http://www.lowcostgreenhome.com/liteblok.htm

Good R value if has same qualities.


25 posted on 04/15/2014 12:30:54 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Atlas Sneezed

Exactly!

An accurate headline would have read, “3D printer built FRAMES for 10 homes in 24 hours...Some Assembly REQUIRED!”

This is a good idea, but not quite what the article advertized.


26 posted on 04/15/2014 12:51:57 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not what I’d call a home...


27 posted on 04/15/2014 2:08:25 AM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That looks cozy. Sort of like a drainage culvert, with windows on the end.

28 posted on 04/15/2014 5:37:42 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think 3D sprayed domes would be a bit more structurally sound. It would use a lot more material than these.


29 posted on 04/15/2014 6:24:12 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Flick Lives

Welcome to your Agenda-21 Compliant NewHome, serf. You must show adequate obeisance and gratitude to Dear Leader for allowing you to share it with 10 other people.


30 posted on 04/15/2014 6:27:00 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: BwanaNdege; Atlas Sneezed

Thomas Edison Also Invented the Concrete House, Says NJIT Researcher

“Edison’s one-of-a-kind system was patented for the purpose of building a single, repeatable structure without any parts, with a single act of construction,” said Burgermaster, “And, remarkably, 100 years later many of these houses remain standing.”
http://www.njit.edu/news/2011/2011-215.php

Have also seen an experimental project of domes (igloo?).
Full size poured in place.
IIRC they had forms for the openings; windows, doors,vents...You want the window about here?... OK...

The equipment was set on the center of the slab and swung in continuous slow circles.


31 posted on 04/15/2014 6:49:17 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made almost entirely of construction and other industrial waste.

Oh great. I'm looking for a nice case of pancreatic cancer. Sign me right up!

32 posted on 04/15/2014 6:52:37 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: USNBandit

Plumbing, water supply, HVAC,gas, electric... Can all be in the slab; just like here in the USA.
Plumbing vents can be on the exterior; as sometimes used in Europe.

One combo squat toilet/shower, one kitchen sink, a few electric receptacles in the floor and propane tanks delivered by motor scooter; good to go!

Add your own insulation and subdivide for the inlaws!


33 posted on 04/15/2014 7:10:41 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: Flick Lives; Lazamataz; ckilmer; tumblindice; Kirkwood; maddog55; listenhillary
"That looks cozy. Sort of like a drainage culvert, with windows on the end."

Compared to a mud hut or shanty made of cola flats or tin cans, which is probably what the new owner was living in the day before, it probably looks like Gracie Mansion. Try not to look at it through first-world eyes. These are aimed at poor Chinese peasant families, not your sub-development. When 3-D printed homes come to America (and they will) they probably won't look like these.

34 posted on 04/15/2014 7:12:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Add receptacles every six feet and purchase a union card for all workers.
Build a bunch of them for the children.
No problems with compliance.


35 posted on 04/15/2014 7:22:59 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: DUMBGRUNT
"Have also seen an experimental project of domes (igloo?). Full size poured in place. IIRC they had forms for the openings; windows, doors,vents...You want the window about here?... OK...

The equipment was set on the center of the slab and swung in continuous slow circles."

There is a company based in Texas that has been building concrete domes for many years using a different technique. Visit: http://www.monolithic.org/

I have visited their headquarters and was impressed by what they do.

36 posted on 04/15/2014 10:50:04 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: DUMBGRUNT
WOW! Thanks for the Edison link.

Do you have a link for the concrete domes? I gave a local TED Talk last year about "3D Printing Domes Homes", but am unfamiliar with the method you mentioned.

I use the inflatable "AirForm" from Monolithic Dome Institute. Right now the concrete is applied to the outside of the AirForm by hand, by a shotcrete gun or by the low-tech Mortar Sprayer. This version is the EcoShell. The insulated version, called the "Monolithic dome", first has foam insulation sprayed INSIDE" the airform, then the concrete sprayed on the foam insulation.

I'm working on a Polar Scaffold which will be the frame for the rotating "printer" which will spray the concrete automatically (CNC). Since the inflated AirForm acts like the paper in a conventional printer, this method is really 2D, but with dome shaped "paper".

37 posted on 04/15/2014 11:25:21 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Squantos
Very cool:

"A Liteblok is a lightweight concrete block that interlocks so that it can be assembled into walls without need for mortar between blocks. Tiny trapped air bubbles make the Liteblok effective thermal insulation, yet the concrete remains strong enough to act as the unsupported structure of a house wall. Liteblok is non-toxic, fireproof, and inhospitable to termites, rodents, and molds."

Legos for adults!

38 posted on 04/15/2014 1:15:28 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: BwanaNdege

http://www.monolithic.org/topics/domes

That was fun!
Looks like they have moved far beyond storage tanks!

IIRC the dome homes were put up by a west coast U and H.P.

They all had a lumpy appearance... too much slump?


39 posted on 04/15/2014 2:01:53 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: Flick Lives

emergency shelters,
barracks
so much potential...


40 posted on 04/15/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BwanaNdege

My wife spent 5 weeks in the Philippines after that huge typhoon last winter. Most every building was destroyed or damaged. I said I think a concrete igloo would have held up, nowhere for the wind to get a grip. I read that the suction of the air on the backside of a vertical wall can help pull it down as much as the positive wind pressure on the front, and a dome might let the wind slide over smoother.

We were looking at pictures she took from a van window as they drove past a big resort hotel that was wiped out. The concrete wall around the place was laying in chunks. In one picture, between the road and the ocean I spied a little cinder block igloo standing proud and undamaged. I imagine it might have been a dressing room for the beach or something. The beach was eroded right behind it, everything flattened around it, and there it stood only missing a little paint.


41 posted on 04/15/2014 6:10:12 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t worry. The process will become much more sophisticated in a pretty short period of time. Just remember the first cars, airplanes, and computers, and compare those to what is available now. And with the design power we have it suspect it won’t take fifty years or so to get there.


42 posted on 04/15/2014 7:49:09 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Nuc 1.1

We won’t recognize many things 50 years hence. I’ll be 104. LOL


43 posted on 04/15/2014 7:51:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good grief, I’ll be older than that! Sigh...it seems like yesterday...


44 posted on 04/16/2014 6:27:15 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: BwanaNdege

BwanaNdege, is there a video of your “3D Printing Domes Homes” TEDx talk? I googled, but this page was the only hit.

I have been interested in monolithic.com for years, since back before 3d printers were popular, and when I saw the construction pictures of a guy waving a shotcrete hose around by hand I thought, “there *has* to be a way to remote-control that!”

I’d be very interested in hearing more about your “polar scaffold” idea. Obviously it would work equally well for both the insulation and the shotcrete, but would there be a way to also automate placing the rebar-hangers (probably easy, via some nailgun-like appendage) and cutting/bending/hanging the rebar itself? (probably very hard)


45 posted on 06/08/2014 1:25:54 PM PDT by CrazyPyro
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