Building a house, Shapeways style

How about actually
building a real house yourself, according to your inspiration, needs and tastes? Cool idea, right? With digital fabrication it’s not as futuristic as you might expect.

Via Contour Crafting, a layered fabrication technology
developed by Dr.
Behrokh Khoshnevis
of the University of Southern California, you
could basically 3D print with concrete instead of plastics or metals.
Using this process, a single house or even a group of houses, each with
possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a
single run. Best of all, embedded in each house are all the conduits
for electrical wires, plumbing and air-conditioning.

On top of opening up new creative possibilities, Contour Crafting can significantly
reduce the cost of commercial construction while speeding up the process significantly. Projections indicate costs will be
around one fifth as much as conventional construction, while construction
projects will be accelerated. A 2000 square foot house can
actually be constructed in less than 24 hours. 

Now this would
effectively put an end to the terror of monotonous new neighborhoods
springing up, which unfortunately is so common these days (especially
in Holland, known as VINEX locations).

The Long Tail in housing
enabled by digital fabrication is firmly in sight!


  1. The Meshverse Journal - Node 3

    While the 3D printing services offered by Philips incubated Shapeways are helping to usher in the coming boom, they produce small objects that fit in one’s hand. Using concrete instead of plastic, Contour Crafting aims to build a house in 24 hour…

  2. Wouter van den Berg

    Unbelievable, printing a house…. this is so cool! What’s next, printing a Ferarri?

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