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The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours

The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours | The World in 3D | Scoop.it

 

The University of Southern California is testing a giant 3D printer that could be used to build a whole house in under 24 hours.

 

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has designed the giant robot that replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, this squirts out concrete and can quickly build a home according to a computer pattern. It is “basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building,” says Khoshnevis. The technology, known as Contour Crafting, could revolutionise the construction industry.


The affordable home?

 

Contour Crafting could slash the cost of home-owning, making it possible for millions of displaced people to get on the property ladder. It could even be used in disaster relief areas to build emergency and replacement housing.  For example, after an event such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has displaced almost 600,000 people, Contour Crafting could be used to build replacement homes quickly.

 

It could be used to create high-quality shelter for people currently living in desperate conditions. “At the dawn of the 21st century [slums] are the condition of shelter for nearly one billion people in our world,” says Khoshnevis, “These buildings are breeding grounds for disease a problem of conventional construction which is slow, labour intensive and inefficient.”

 

 

As Khoshnevis points out, if you look around you pretty much everything is made automatically these days – “your shoes, your clothes, home appliances, your car. The only thing that is still built by hand are these buildings

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Nasry Says Hi's curator insight, January 17, 4:17 AM

They're planning on using 3D printing to duplicate organs and replace parts of the body lost during an accident or even printing limbs for handicaps. 

 

Here in Singapore, where most is usually reasonably priced, there are only two things that stand out as expensive: Homes and Cars.

 

We don't have to bother much about cars;  just take public transport.

 

Homes, on the other hand, are so expensive that its even seen as a luxury to be able to buy one. even as the market prices are falling, It is still very hard to get one at a decent price.

 

Even worse off are the more unfortunate people who are unable to find a home after their home lease has expired, etcetera. So instead of these 3D printers just laying around waiting for use, just have one make a block of flats. It would take just a little while longer,maybe a week or so, but imagine how many people would benefit from just that.

 

Singapore, being the fourth richest nation, there is not much that we cant buy. so why not just get a few of these printers exclusively for this purpose?

 

Who knows, maybe with this new home, the more unfortunate residents can have a decent environment to live, learn and perhaps contribute to making Singapore a better place.

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AmeriSurv.com - Bmore3D Store: A 3D Printing & 3D Scanning Pop-up Store Opens in Baltimore

AmeriSurv.com - Bmore3D Store: A 3D Printing & 3D Scanning Pop-up Store Opens in Baltimore | The World in 3D | Scoop.it
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Surveying, Measurement & Positioning Technology, Bmore3D Store: A 3D Printing & 3D Scanning Pop-up Store Opens in Baltimore
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Alan Cross - A Journal of Musical Things - More on Printing a Vinyl Record Using a 3D Printer

Alan Cross - A Journal of Musical Things - More on Printing a Vinyl Record Using a 3D Printer | The World in 3D | Scoop.it
I've had a chance to see 3D printers in action and lemme tell you something: they're pretty freak...
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scanning and imaging would allow us to scan old, rare and damaged records for preservation and we could then potentially print them!

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Science Visualization Partners with Direct Dimensions 3D Photo Booth

Science Visualization Partners with Direct Dimensions 3D Photo Booth | The World in 3D | Scoop.it
Science Visualization, a digital media company that specializes in getting the public interested in scientific advances, has partnered with ShapeShot® manufacturer Direct Dimensions...
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Exciting to see 3D face and body scanning making its way directly to the consumer!

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Print a 3D gummy version of yourself: Japanese cafe offering the one-of-a-kind ... - Daily Mail

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How 3D Printers Are Helping Save Lives in Haiti

How 3D Printers Are Helping Save Lives in Haiti | The World in 3D | Scoop.it

 

The effects of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 are still affecting the work of aid groups and health care workers, but they’re now getting some help from an unconventional source: 3D printers.

 

A project called iLab Haiti, which is an initiative of Kid Mob, has

brought several MakerBot 3D printers to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is using them to produce prototypes of certain basic medical supplies, such as umbilical cord clamps, on demand.

 

iLab Haiti, based at the Haiti Communitere facility, is currently using ABS plastic to print the devices, and while they aren’t quite a finished product yet, it’s hoped that further iterations will bring the devices up to medical standards.

 

In an interview with NPR, Ashley Dara from iLab Haiti gives some background to the project:

 

… while I was in Haiti last year, a dear friend of mine was running a hospital all by herself with limited resources. One night she wound up having to deliver five babies and they had no umbilical cord clamps, so they were using their own rubber gloves, cutting them to tie off the umbilical cords, which meant that they went through their rubber gloves and had to then deliver babies barehanded with women that were HIV-positive.

 

And all I could think was, wow, if we had a 3-D printer, I could’ve been printing on-demand umbilical cord clamps for you.” – Dara

 

iLab Haiti is said to be looking for additional collaborators for their project, such as working with companies that have the technology to take recycled everyday plastics and turn them into useable 3D printer filament. The team hopes to be able to teach some locals how to model 3D objects and to repair the machines, which will give them further tools to come up with creative solutions to their pressing local problems

 


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/how-3d-printers-are-helping-save-lives-in-haiti.html#ixzz2onQ86rJz


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Me and Sad Keanu: A 3D-Printing Story

Me and Sad Keanu: A 3D-Printing Story | The World in 3D | Scoop.it
I ordered him one day from a website that sells 3D-printed objects, a marketplace for goods created in the new way. Then I forgot all about it until the day he showed up, a meme materialized.
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Fun photo essay visualizes the intersection of internet meme with 3D printing technology.

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3D Scanning Bronze Sculptures for Interactive Museum Exhibit

3D Scanning Bronze Sculptures for Interactive Museum Exhibit | The World in 3D | Scoop.it

3D scanning and printing integral in creation of this interactive museum exhibit. Museum visitors were able to physically handle exact reproductions of bronze sculptures and their reactions were even recorded by researchers at Johns Hopkins.

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Researchers use off-the-shelf 3D printer to build bionic ear

Researchers use off-the-shelf 3D printer to build bionic ear | The World in 3D | Scoop.it
If this cyborg ear is any indication, the high-tech hearing aids of the future might be built with a 3D printer.
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In a week where the first 3D printed gun seems to be dominating the tech news, I want to point out the amazing medical advances made possible by this same technology.

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3D imaging helps understand the role of birds in ancient Egypt

3D imaging helps understand the role of birds in ancient Egypt | The World in 3D | Scoop.it

Entering the exhibition “Between Heaven & Earth: Birds In Ancient Egypt” at the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, you will immediately feel transported into the ancient Nile delta marshlands with its lush green flora.

The combination of colours, video footage, bird song and ancient artefacts gives the impression of travel through time and space. At the start of the exhibition, you will find one of their most impressive artefacts, an empty shell of an ostrich egg from 3100 BC. Ostrich eggs have not only been used in ancient Egypt as containers for liquids and raw material for bead carving, but also symbolize the deep integration of avian life into ancient Egypt’s spirituality. All life is at times described as entering and leaving the world through the egg as a vessel, and that birds are messengers that can travel between the realms of men and their gods. Many of the Egyptian gods are portrayed as birds, and even their people have been symbolized by different bird species.


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3D Scanning and Imaging is an amazing new tool in the archaeologist's toolbox.

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This article opens up the world of birds in the every day life of ancient Egyptians