All the house that’s fit to print

 

You want a roof? Yeah, we can do that.

You want a roof? Yeah, we can do that.

AJ sends along this article on manufacturing homes with 3D printers. This process is amazing and is transforming manufacturing, from dropping the cost of prosthetic limbs down to $5, to tools to guns to cars to … houses.

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17 responses to “All the house that’s fit to print

  1. Fred2

    I’m looking foward to printing cement house with cementious insulation ( Do not laugh it’s a real thing) Especially when I print the walls “THICK”

    I suspect though that instead of the gantry arrangement going to the site we’ll have the gantry at an industrial site making custom panels that are shipped to the site.

    Moving that gantry + supplies is too much of a PItheA.

    • There’s a house on Bramble Lane in Riverside that was built in, I think, 2007 out of precast, insulated concrete panels and it was great. Still is. It sold and the resold for around $3.2 (ish) but I it seemed to me that potential buyers were looking at its location and layout, rather than its unique and I think superior construction method. If so, someone got a great house without even realizing what they have.

  2. Patrick

    I’m assuming that house on bramble only had pre-cast cement foundation and that the walls are wood – correct?

  3. Buck Swope

    ICF is the only way to go in my opinion; that combined with panelized construction, either conventional or stressed skin. You would never think of letting your carpenter hand build your windows on site like they used to. Why do we still build walls and roofs the same way we have for 100 years. Getting from foundation to dried in as fast as possible is very important to a healthy, well built house.

  4. Anonymous

    Ahead of Tuesday, can we please get the official list of Christopher Fountain local candidate endorsements?

    • There are no real elective posts at stake-everything has already been divvied up by the Republicans and Democrats-except the BOE, so I intend to cast a single vote, for Peter Sherr. Nothing in particular against the other two candidates but giving one of them a vote and Sherr another dilutes Sherr’s vote count: he must come in at least second among the three Republican candidates, so a single vote for him deprives the others of one. Even if you aren’t wild about Sherr (I admire his tactics; you may not), I think it’s importnt to shake up our local Republican Town Committee, and the best way to do that is to vote in the candidate they have specifically disavowed.
      There’s also a 3-candidate-election going on on the other side of the BOE, the Democrat. They’re all twiddle dee,tweedle dumb, so far as I can see, but a bullet vote for, say, Applebaum would help keep Ramadamadingdong, “Squeaky” Tam off the board, so that’s what I’ll do.
      All the other so called contests have been predetermined so I won’t vote in them – a low participation rate might, but probably won’t, send a message to the people runnig Greenwich that we’re dissatisfied with the way they have disenfranchised us voters.

      • Anonymous

        Do other local towns have similar procedures whereby the preferred candidates are basically appointed or is this a practice unique to Greenwich?

  5. Fluid Grid

    DAMN!!!!!!
    This guy got a serious beating from the Norwalk PD !

    Wowowowowow!!

    http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Darien-coach-charged-with-DUI-assault-4944763.php

  6. LMNOP

    The PBS TV series called Hometime starring Dean Johnson has fine several projects with ICF foundation. They are based in Minnesota so many of their building/renovation projects are for low temperature zones. I did a quick search on the Hometime website for ICF and got several responses. It’s worth looking at the clips if this process is something you are considering. Also it’s just a good show with very different foci than This Old House. It’s on at odd times so it might be worth recording a few and watching when it suits.