There is no denying that most functions performed in the modern day readily employ the use of machines. This has reduced inefficiency, waste and the overdependence on labour. However, construction is something that remains labour-intensive and hazardous all the same. Naturally, the entire society suffers as a consequence of these costs. However, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis and researchers at University of Southern California claim to have come up with a viable alternate to conventional construction methods. Benefitting largely from advanced technology, now a new giant 3D printer can build a house in 24 hours! Let us dive into the details.
The kind of massive 3D printers the team of researchers is developing can build as much as a 2500-foot house which would take up to 24 hours only. The equipment will have a nozzle attached to it that will be able to secrete high-quality concrete material. Khoshnevis refers to this advanced process as Contour Crafting.
Architectural flexibility in the process allows the construction of buildings that would not have to be as homogenous as we are used to seeing. The desired architectural design will be directly fed to the machine and the building will begin being built, layer by layer.
What makes this even more exciting is the fact that besides the construction work, automatic reinforcement, automatic electric network installation, plumbing work, tiling and painting using inkjet printers can be conveniently done.
Moreover, the lighter, hollow walls used will save material costs and sport good heat conduction. Make no mistake about the strength, though; they clock in at nearly 10000 psi. This explains why the process is so time-efficient, cost-efficient and so much safer than the conventional methods used these days.
It is important to note that NASA is backing the project so as to ensure the construction of 3D printers that produce lunar structures eg. support walls and radiation protection walls. Khoshnevis is confident that the project will create a lot of new jobs as well. So then, when are you getting your technologically advanced house built?