The Future of Home Construction
It can take from six weeks to six months to build a house. Within the next five years, we may be able to upload
design specifications to a massive 3D Printer, press print, and watch as it spits out a house in less than a day.
Contour crafting is a construction process under development by Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute that uses a computer-controlled crane or gantry to build edifices rapidly and efficiently without manual labor.
Using a quick-setting, concrete-like material, contour crafting forms the house's walls layer by layer until topped off by floors and ceilings set in place by the crane. The system calls for the insertion of structural components, plumbing, wiring, utilities, and even consumer devices like audiovisual systems as the layers are built.
Khoshnevis claims that his system could build a complete home in a single day, and its electrically powered crane would produce very little construction material waste.
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