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Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie View Post

I see two major uses for this technology, no, three......

1) Refugee housing in semi-permanent areas; natural disaster, civil unrest, whatever the cause we could print houses quickly to provide decent shelter.

2) Extra-terrestrial settling; This technology could be expanded upon to use better materials that can survive the environments found on the Moon and Mars.

3) With better materials and a refined process we could easily build small apartments that are really affordable.

Remember folks, everything has a starting point, the firearm at one point was a smooth bore pole and a hand shaped ball. Cars were steam driven wood burning monstrosities that were entirely impractical. Look how far both have come?

Why would you want one of these to make your house on the moon?
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It should be great for developing areas that don't have earthquakes.

Who said that there is no reinforcement in the concrete?
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Some of it could be layout, but i think people are just too used to have huge amounts of space. Most people I know from countries other than the US that I've talked to about this topic have agreed with me. Us 'Mericans are pampered lol.

It is all about building/population density.



3-4,000 sf house in low density suburbs and rural areas is doable and ppl have it even outside the US.

Heavily urbanized areas tho? The urban sprawl in certain areas of the US has ppl's perception distorted. Who would get such a house in the US before the 50s? Who ever heard that you needed a dedicated room and/or bathroom per kid and would not laugh and comment it being excessive?

Relocate that 3-4,000 sf house / apartment / townhome in downtown San Francisco. A sought after Manhattan area. Even downtown LA or neighboring cities on their "desirable" streets...yeah...not commonplace.

Along with land availability, you also have climate, energy cost: large houses are pretty tough to condition mechanically. It takes lots of energy, which outside the US and certain parts of the world is pretty darn expensive. Imagine your California energy bill, 4 times bigger. Same for heating gas, only make it really colder than Cali during the winter. Now, lower your average income. A lot.
There...lets see how many square feet you can afford (or just move into DT SF / NY / LA scenarios and calculate your 1,200sf apartment close to $4,000/month or so).
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Who said that there is no reinforcement in the concrete?

Don't they have to use some sort of metal, like rebar, to reinforce it for earthquakes? I really don't see how they can use that for 3d printing when the nozzle will get in the way.
 
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Why would you want one of these to make your house on the moon?

Why would you not? As he said better materials so it would be up to par as far as quality.
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5000$ cost to create, you get what you pay for. Don't compare it against 200k$ condos or 600k$ houses... I think they're trying to win on value
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Well put. I have a friend who purchased a "minihouse" recently for about $15,000 and it has fully plumbing and electrical hookups, around 250sqft I believe and has it's own sort of trailer/ramp so it can be placed on a truck and moved. These things being made out of concrete would make them expensive to ship and move around. Great for temporary or permanent buildings in the general vicinity or disasters but there's better options otherwise. Mobile homes and trailers are a bit more expensive but would be easier to obtain and move around.


As for the size, 650sqft does seem rather small as the smallest house I've lived in was about twice that size but then again that is still plenty of space, especially for temporary housing, and many apartments are going to be about that size or just slightly larger. For $5000 it's a steal since apartments will probably be $500 a month.

$500 a month for an apartment? That's a damn good price for an apartment. I pay about that much in property tax per month alone for a 3 bedroom home....
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Why would you want one of these to make your house on the moon?

Well, the idea behind it is this.....

Getting big things to space is expensive and difficult, so how do we work around that in terms of getting "housing" up "there"? Well, somewhat simple in theory; we send up a 3D printer of a smaller(ish) size and get it on Moon/Mars. We then use that 3D printer to print itself parts to expand its own capabilities, mainly in the size it can print. We do this a couple of times to scale the printer itself up to much larger than what it was when it left earth. At that point we use the now larger printer to print shelters using the specialized materials that were sent up with it.

Think of it like Russian Nesting Dolls in the inverse, starting small and going bigger. Instead of trying to get entire modules up into orbit and beyond, we can send just the raw more condensed materials and "print" them on site.
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Well, the idea behind it is this.....

Getting big things to space is expensive and difficult, so how do we work around that in terms of getting "housing" up "there"? Well, somewhat simple in theory; we send up a 3D printer of a smaller(ish) size and get it on Moon/Mars. We then use that 3D printer to print itself parts to expand its own capabilities, mainly in the size it can print. We do this a couple of times to scale the printer itself up to much larger than what it was when it left earth. At that point we use the now larger printer to print shelters using the specialized materials that were sent up with it.

Think of it like Russian Nesting Dolls in the inverse, starting small and going bigger. Instead of trying to get entire modules up into orbit and beyond, we can send just the raw more condensed materials and "print" them on site.

Yeah and it would also probably be worked out so that the 3D printer could bulk up the the printing material with regolith for at lest some of the construction.
    
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post #49 of 91
Looking at all the posts it's obvious none of you have ever heard of contour crafting. Contour crafting puts this nonsense to shame as it can 'print' concrete and create a house at the same speed as this.
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I can see this being big for storage sheds here in the United States initially. However, using it for a house will probably require protections laws as shady contractors are always trying to cut corners that have dire consequences.

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