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Netspot : Will houses in future come out of printers?

10 October 2013  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Printed wall

Pictured above is one of the walls conceived and created by architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger forming part of the Digital Grotesque project, where they used algorithms to create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. Although this is not the first 3-D printed structure it must be one of the most jaw-dropping structures ever created using printer technology. Popular Science reports that "...Computer algorithms designed the 3.2-meter-tall, 16-square-meter room, which has a whopping 260 million (!) surfaces. And instead of being made of plastic (3-D printing's go-to material), it's printed from sand."

Popular Science has a number of articles which indicate that printing buildings in future may not be as far-fetched as you may think!

The Smith/Allen Studio utilises 3D printing and other digital fabrication processes to build projects that push the envelope of art, design, and architecture.

We poor quantity surveyors may become redundant if this trend catches on... Architects will simply e-mail their plans to printing contractors with the instruction " price to print"! Luckily printers are even slower than bricklayers and the Echoviren Pavilion (grand name for a structure the size of a small tent) took the Smith/Allen Studio two months using 7 machines.