Contour Crafting - Global Prospects. Contour Crafting: 3D House Printer. Contour Crafting: 3D House Printer Perhaps you've used those programs that let you design your dream house, creating a Computer Aided Design (CAD) file.
Not quite ready to take up the hammer and start building? Can you imagine a device large enough to let you "print" your house right straight from the drawings? 3d-printer for building assembly. You'll have seen concrete pouring trucks of the kind that have the large boom arm attached so that they can direct concrete to an area further than the truck can reach (as opposed to the trucks which just up-end and dump it straight on the ground.)
Now imagine that boom arm with a motor attached rather than being manually guided, and the motor driven by a computer. We now have a large scale 3D printer for concrete. Now, you probably would not be able to just pour a house with solid walls and not expect it to all glug down to the floor, but you *might* be able to robotically put some shielding in place that would form a wall cavity which you then filled with concrete. Or you could put up a dummy building in polystyrene, surround it with a different kind of foam (such as the kind you mix two liquids to create, as is used to make custom seats for race-car drivers), then melt off the polystrene version leaving a cavity to be filled.
Robot builder could 'print' houses - 10 March 2004 - New Scienti. A robot for "printing" houses is to be trialled by the construction industry.
It takes instructions directly from an architect's computerised drawings and then squirts successive layers of concrete on top of one other to build up vertical walls and domed roofs. The precision automaton could revolutionise building sites. It can work round the clock, in darkness and without tea breaks. Online : Giant 3D printer can print buildings (theoretical. Blueprint Magazine describes a very neat machine: In a small shed on an industrial park near Pisa is a machine that can print buildings.
The machine itself looks like a prototype for the automotive industry. Four columns independently support a frame with a single armature on it. Driven by CAD software installed on a dust-covered computer terminal, the armature moves just millimetres above a pile of sand, expressing a magnesium-based solution from hundreds of nozzles on its lower side.
Blog: 3D printing buildings: interview with Enrico Dini of D_Sha. Enrico Dini dreamt of buildings, construction and impossible shapes.
He was particularly inspired by Gaudi's architecture and loved his fantastic(in every sense) work. He became a Civil engineer and later branched out into making machines. 3-D Printer Creates Entire Buildings From Solid Rock | Inhabitat. Imagine a 3-d printer so large that it can spit out entire buildings made from stone.
Sounds science fiction-y, right? But that’s exactly what designer Enrico Dini created with his prototype D-Shape printer.