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At The University of Southern California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has built a colossal 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours. Khoshnevis's robot comes equipped with a nozzle that spews out concrete and can build a home based on a set computer pattern.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/3d-printer-builds-house-in-24-hours-2014-1#ixzz2q1lj34mO

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Well...I don't know if I'd call that a "house"

Still pretty cool though
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I could see this technology combined with airform concrete domes to make sturdy buildings quickly and cheaply. People would still need to add in the rebar, but everything else could be done with robots and nozzles that fire shotcrete, concrete, and polyurethane (separate nozzles for each of course)..
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I could see this technology combined with airform concrete domes to make sturdy buildings quickly and cheaply. People would still need to add in the rebar, but everything else could be done with robots and nozzles that fire shotcrete, concrete, and polyurethane (separate nozzles for each of course)..

Somewhat dated news but besides extremely utilitarian structures I don't see contour crafting outperforming prefabs in any area other than pure construction time. Maybe this could be utilized to make certain components of a building such as a concrete core or stairwells and elevator shafts to complement more traditional methods. I would really like to see how these homes get finished. I don't know many communities that this style of housing would be accepted in, as well as, if there is a consumer market that would purchase these. May be good for disaster relief or emergency housing but I just don't see anyone buying these to raise a family in.
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I could see this technology combined with airform concrete domes to make sturdy buildings quickly and cheaply. People would still need to add in the rebar, but everything else could be done with robots and nozzles that fire shotcrete, concrete, and polyurethane (separate nozzles for each of course)..

I can see the military snapping this up...heh...it would be like C&C with the mobile construction base. Instead of command tents if they had 24 hours they'd build actual buildings. The building would also be easy to demolish when they left the area if the locals didn't want them.
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Somewhat dated news but besides extremely utilitarian structures I don't see contour crafting outperforming prefabs in any area other than pure construction time. Maybe this could be utilized to make certain components of a building such as a concrete core or stairwells and elevator shafts to complement more traditional methods. I would really like to see how these homes get finished. I don't know many communities that this style of housing would be accepted in, as well as, if there is a consumer market that would purchase these. May be good for disaster relief or emergency housing but I just don't see anyone buying these to raise a family in.

The technology is still way in it's infancy. I'm curious to see what the R factor is for any building constructed purely by this machine.
    
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I can see the military snapping this up...heh...it would be like C&C with the mobile construction base. Instead of command tents if they had 24 hours they'd build actual buildings. The building would also be easy to demolish when they left the area if the locals didn't want them.
Concrete cloth already provides a nice semi-permanent structure for military use.
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I can see the military snapping this up...heh...it would be like C&C with the mobile construction base. Instead of command tents if they had 24 hours they'd build actual buildings. The building would also be easy to demolish when they left the area if the locals didn't want them.
Concrete cloth already provides a nice semi-permanent structure for military use.

heh, yeah, but the way things have gone lately semi-permanent isnt' going to cut it.
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I wonder if something like that would be useful for colonizing Mars or the moon. Simply fly the robot out there and let it build your habitat before you arrive.

Of course you would have to source the raw material somewhere, which is a problem, and also make the structure airtight. I seem to remember reading a NASA paper a while ago that explored the feasibility of using moon dust to build structures, although I forget how they intended to bind it.

Edit: Turns out I'm far from the first person to think of that:

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/3d-printing-buildings-from-moon-dust
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