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Video: 3D Print Your Home With Cement

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Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   7/7/2014 5:12:48 PM
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New version on the way!

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/8/2014 10:15:01 AM
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Cement! Wow. I wonder how this will change the construction industry, or the new construction of houses.

patb2009
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patb2009   7/8/2014 5:20:39 PM
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He should team up with these people.

 

http://mashable.com/2013/09/30/digital-grotesque/

 

If you could start making wonderful gothic designs, in cement, you could really update

churches or even amusement parks.

 

 

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William K.   7/8/2014 9:40:32 PM
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3D printing with cement will probably not change the construction industry very much until it is able to compete with human production rates. It will have a small niche as soon as the process is working, but that will not affect the majority of concrete construction. One-off custom houses are where it will thrive.BUT all should know that all of Minniapolis regulations demand that all houses look different. There is no such thing as identical row housing in that city. One result id that houses all cost about 40% more than a similar house in a more normal area.

Given the intensely abrasive properties of cement as well as it's tendancy to set up and I wonder about the working lifetime of the cement forming robot. There are certainly quite a few challenges to be overcome before it is a commercial level product.

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Daniyal_Ali   7/10/2014 3:46:44 AM
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If successful, this would definitely have a huge impact on the construction industry. It's nice to see someone taking the 3D printing to a whole new level by trusting and utilizing his own engineering skills instead of relying on others.

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jrh_engineer   7/13/2014 11:07:25 PM
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But what about the rebar? Printing walls with what is essentially mortar (since it has no aggregate in the mix) has got to be fragile as anything, in the absence of reinforcing materials.

I think it'll be quite a while before this technology will be able to pass building code requirements (think seismic activity shaking the house down like the Big Bad Wolf).

Pubudu
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Pubudu   7/23/2014 1:39:33 PM
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Wow, this will be a great solution for the rapidly increasing labor rates especially in masonry work. And also this will save time when developing small items rather than making it with human involvement. 

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Head Troll   7/8/2014 9:07:08 AM
I am glad to see that there are new people working on this besides NASA. Some of us have worked on different approaches or just a form of robotic construction for years without any form of press.

Keep bringing this type of information out to the world. 

Hansje
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Hansje   7/8/2014 9:32:21 AM
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Check out Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis' work at USC in conjunction with BASF cement.

patb2009
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sequence in repurposed materials
patb2009   7/8/2014 2:40:48 PM
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if you have ever seen a wall built with old bottles that would be interesting

to sequence in, if you had a second arm that would emplace old bottles to make

a wall with translucent character.

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