Innovación: 3D Printed Houses Built in Less Than a Day
Marzo 20, 2017
Building houses the traditional way, brick by brick, looks like playing with LEGOs in comparison to the latest advancement in construction.
Introducing, The 3D Printed Abode
A startup known as Apis Cor broke ground in Russia putting their massive 3D printer to work. Layer by layer, they funnelled a concrete-like material into the shape of a house. A weird looking house…but a house nonetheless.
While this isn’t a new concept, they did drastically change the assembly process. Previous 3D printed houses were created in parts and then assembled together by hand. Apis Cor’s machine created the whole house in one piece (minus the roof which they chose to lay by hand).
This isn’t even the exciting part.
In total, the house took 24 hours to build, costing just over $10,000 in materials and labor.
The Grand Vision
You can’t help but think about building your own affordable castle the size of William Randolph Hearst’s “San Simeon” Estate. Sadly, this isn’t the plan.
Instead, Apis Cor plans to use their superpowers to provide quick and affordable housing to the billions worldwide without adequate homes.
They have a friendly competitor in WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) that with their Big Delta printer is attacking this same problem.
The best part about both of these futuristic construction companies is that they use locally-sourced materials. The printer adapts to the needed material, whether clay in rural areas or concrete in urban areas.
With this technique, perhaps the biggest implication of this technology is assisting areas struck by natural disasters. In the matter of hours, these printers could be building a home for those that lost their home to an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, etc…
Time to Think BIGGER
Many were caught up in 3D printing making changes to the parts manufacturing industry and didn’t even think about how it could influence construction and architecture.
Naturally we have the problem of thinking about new technology concepts with pre-conceived notions and personal opinions.
Bruce Lee used to tell his students the story of a Zen teacher and an inquiring man. As the Zen teacher taught, the man continuously interrupted to express his own opinions. So, the Zen teacher stopped and began serving tea. He poured the cup full and continued pouring until the cup overflowed. The man interrupted again, “Enough, no more can go into the cup!”
“Indeed, I see,” answered the Zen teacher, “If you do not first empty your cup, how can you taste my cup of tea?”
We consistently go through life with our own word at the forefront. Yet, to get in touch with the present, we must free our minds of the past.
That’s why I created Quick Theories – a weekly newsletter looking at modern technology from a futurist’s point of view – clearing our minds of what we know, to discover our future relationship with technology.
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