This 11,840-square-foot mansion was 3D printed

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Jan 19, 2015
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  1. 3D printing has evolved from basic trinkets and decorations to full-on automobiles and apparently now, mansions.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    I imagine the smell inside such building must resemble that in an old plastic factory, toxic and with serious health implications.
  3. ????? - Not sure why you say that. Quote from the article:

  4. Zoner1501

    Zoner1501 TS Enthusiast Posts: 54   +17

    Still probably safer and more healthy to live in than most things made in China.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,332   +1,978

    I have doubts about the structural integrity of such a structure, especially under snow load and in light of other compromising stresses. Fire resistance, off gassing, etc. would require some significant testing before passing. We've seen other promising items in the past. formaldehyde was supposed to be a miracle substance, just like asbestos in construction ... but in the long run they simply didn't make the cut.
  6. Guy's, I think some of you are assuming it's made of plastic.
    The article says the bricks are printed concrete.
    Hospitals are printing organs - they are feeding in Organic material.
    You can print metal too.
    The possibilities are endless..
  7. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    If these are like polystyrene blocks filled with concrete and rebar, they would be extremely strong and very good insulation. I'd like to see more information. And in the states...
  8. What a revolution! Now we can finally be rid of lazy building site workers, inept tradesmen, overpaid supervisors who produce shoddy housing and fault-ridden houses etc

    Not to mention break the backs of corrupt Unions who act like overlords in the construction sector.

    (My comments are based on personal experience with the Australian construction industry, where it is common for union construction managers to demand such underhanded payments as a trailer full of Chivas Regal to allow access to the site by private concrete companies, such as happened during the construction of the desalination plant in Melbourne. And that was the mildest of cases I assure you.)
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  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    So... behind the article's and manufacturer's logic, aren't all houses "3D printed"?

    Why you ask??

    Workers lay fundations, then start putting blocks of cement or wood or whatever new fancy tech they have to build houses (I'm not sure how to call them in english, but nowadays they build with an aluminum frame and put light material panels and it's done, fire/water/earthquake resistant, with enough strength to support snow and other things, extremely light and very good at isolating both sound and weather) and they build a house.

    Most buildings are just blocks of concrete built by a company and then put together. 3D printing in it's earliest form :p
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Overall I love this idea. My only concern is when someone wants to remodel their home.
  11. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    By a black and white definition yes, but the process in which the individual pieces are constructed is inherently different, if the third picture is any indication that the same method used to make smaller items was used for the extrusion of the concrete.
  12. The ignorance demonstrated by your comment shows you didn't even read the article.. and yet you choose to flap your trap negatively about it...

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