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A 3D printer that could print an entire house in 24 hours

The UN predicts that by 2050 we will have a global population of 9.2 billion, traditional building methods won’t be able to keep up with the demand for housing. A engineering professor from USC thinks that he might have the answer.



Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis thinks his 3D printer concept could be able to keep up with the demand for housing in a way that traditional building methods could never have. Why? His concept is 3D printer so massive that it could print an entire house in just 24 hours.

The printer consists of two crane-like arms and a crossbeam which houses the printhead. By printing super quick drying cement, professor Khoshnevis believes the printer would be capable of completing a two-story building in just under a day.

This however doesn’t mean that a building crew wouldn’t be needed - they would still need to prep the space for the building, lay a foundation and install finishes - but the framework could be done in 24 hours.

Watch this video that explains the so-called "contour crafting" in more detail



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