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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Architect to build home using 3-D printer

Yesterday we attended a seminar on point cloud 3-D scanners. I've been following the scanners and the technology for the last three years so I was very interested to see one live. The demonstration was really cool and it was amazing to see the accuracy of a room re-created in a point cloud. During the meeting I made a statement that wouldn't it be cool that you could scan a building and then someday be able to re-create it using a 3-D printer. Of course I got the that is crazy look from some people in the room but of course I ignored that.


As usual, being a BIM visionary, and intuitively knowing where the industry is going, I was really happy last night to see the following article Architect to build home with 3D printer. So, I can't wait until a certain someone reads this in the next few minutes and I get to see the look on their face when they see that this technology does actually exist and there are really incredible thing you can do with point cloud scanners.



Brian Benton January 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM  

I've been saying this for years and people look at my like I am an idiot. I can;t wait to share this article with everyone that has ever said "that will never happen."

Tony January 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM  

There are other companies working on this too. I saw this video months ago. I don't know if they have built a house with it yet. But if not, they are probably close to doing so:

Many years ago my college roomate (an Art major & techie-geek) commented that it would be cool to build an automotive tail light from an array of LEDs. I (the Mech. Engineering major) told him it would never work as they would never be bright enough.
...just a few years after that I was involved with a project designing LED taillights.
He now has an LED tail light on his custom bike that he designed & built himself.

So, I've learned to never say that something just cannot be done.

David Brown January 24, 2013 at 1:35 AM  

While 3D printing is being adopted in different industries, now we can "print" a building structure out like printing a prototype model. We may just buy a piece of land and print our dream house in no time. Thanks for the sharing.

Garden Services January 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM  

I think you are onto something there Brian, thats a great idea. It's just the startup costs that would kill ya lol.

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