Now comes 3-D plotting. 20 years ago architectural offices had ink plotters to print our computer drawings. Technical pens were electronically guided to do the drawing.
Well, upscale the plotter and use huge ‘pens’ that ooze out wet material that hardens to become solid walls. Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California have built a prototype that does this.
Contour Crafting is a layered fabrication technology for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.
Very high-tech futuristic stuff!
But they are also working with Cal Earth on how to adopt this new technology to to inexpensive build mud houses. Remember Mud Houses for Mars.
Something worth following.
This story came by way of a post in Mirage Studio 7.
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