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Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment, is starting to support research on the "Contour Crafting" automated construction system that its creator believes will one day be able to build full-scale houses in hours.
“When you can print something like the parts for a gearbox, that’s one thing,” says Peter Cochrane, an entrepreneur and futurologist, “but when can print a complete gearbox that works, that’s another thing entirely.”
Viterbi School of Engineering - Caterpillar Inc. Funds Viterbi 'Print-a-House' Construction TechnologyEric Mankin August 28, 2008 —
Imagine a 3-d printer so large that it can spit out entire buildings made from stone.
Backed by a German materials company, a USC engineer intends to build a 2,000-square-foot house in 24 hours.