Build a House…From Your Printer

POSTED BY   Sarah Etling
18th May 2017
Build a House...From Your Printer

A 3D printer has been created at the University of Southern California that has the ability to build a house in 24 hours. This amazing new piece of technology creates building designs using set computer patterns and by use of an algorithm to produce the form of a room or building and detailed textures and surfaces.

Build a House...From Your Printer

This machine, known as the Contour Crafting System, is a revolution and claims to build a house for far less than using conventional methods. This could enable many people in the future to get onto the property ladder much quicker. The CC system also boasts the ability to easily repair buildings damaged by natural disasters.

This machine is still undergoing many tests but has already designed and printed the world’s first 3D3D room. The room took several months to create and was printed in large chunks in a step-by-step fashion. It’s a decorative masterpiece resembling something of a temple. Its incredible how precise and detailed this machine can be, as the room has millions of textures and detail, similar to something from the Baroque period.

The 3D printing device has a concrete nozzle to lay foundations and uses sand and bonding materials to build the walls. The process of building uses carving techniques previously used by artisans. Humans are only needed to lay the machine onto tracks in order for it to work and also to do fiddly jobs such as hanging doors and fitting windows. In fact, the invention of 3D printers unsurprisingly promises to open up more jobs in the future.

Could this mean that building a house could become a pain free and simple process? Houses could be built within days like an ‘Ikea style’ step by step assembly project. It’s still early days but the prospect of 3D printing is launching itself into the property market and who knows where else it might go in the future.

Build a House…From Your Printer

Sarah Etling

Sarah Elting is Head of Marketing at TDMB. Following a degree in Marketing, she headed to Italy to start up a property consultancy. On her return to colder climates, she embarked on a marketing and creative journey that over the course of 12 years evolved from launching paint collections to heading up the marketing of a successful PropTech start-up and becoming CIM qualified. Sarah now writes about all aspects of strategic marketing and technology and continues to be interested in Property.

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