3D Printing Technology Could Bring about the Fastest, Cheapest and Greenest Construction Ever Seen

Optimists tend to envision a future with perfectly automated cities, full of technology and without poverty or hunger. Most tend not to think of the path needed to create this new urban fabric, as if it will miraculously emerge like the futuristic, planned settlement of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

But that is not the most probable scenario for the future of cities — at least, not if we keep supporting broken models of urban planning. Continue reading “3D Printing Technology Could Bring about the Fastest, Cheapest and Greenest Construction Ever Seen”

New Compact Printer Can 3D Print a Building in One Day (Video)

At first glimpse, the world of 3D printing does seem magical, as do the projections for the future. This includes every level, from manufacturing to the desktop. It would seem that one day, thanks to many thousands of innovators creating and competing around the world, there will be a 3D printer and a material for meeting our every personal and very customized need. With new processes in manufacturing and production that offer greater quality, speed, and affordability, our lives will become different–and better–due to greater efficiency and the ability to be more independent and self-sustainable. And the bottom line is, we will do a lot less waiting. Continue reading “New Compact Printer Can 3D Print a Building in One Day (Video)”

Additive Manufacturing, Alternative Energy Used for Construction of High Tech Experimental Building

At this point, it has become cliche to say that 3-D printing is the fabrication technology du jour. But the innovations keep coming: molten glass as a medium, sky-high kicks, and sweet-sounding musical instruments, to name a few. One thing, however, has remained elusive: 3-D printing at an architectural scale. Continue reading “Additive Manufacturing, Alternative Energy Used for Construction of High Tech Experimental Building”

Scale Model of EcoHome Becomes More Affordable with 3D Printing

Until very recently, creating architectural scale models was both time consuming and expensive. Most scale models created were of larger, nonresidential projects as residential clients of architectural firms typically don’t have the budgets that would allow for “extras” like scale models. That means that clients building homes relied on blueprints, artists’ renderings in 2D and, more recently, 3D renders and 3D model walk-throughs to help them visualize their dream homes. Continue reading “Scale Model of EcoHome Becomes More Affordable with 3D Printing”

First 3D-printed hotel suite to be entirely operational (Video)

Forget 3D-printed food and 3D-printed cars. A hotel owner in the Philippines is 3D-printing an entire hotel suite, and unlike other 3D-printed buildings done before, this one will be completely and entirely operational, which means, if you’re thinking of vacationing in the country soon, you’ll be able to book a night at the 3D-printed suite. Continue reading “First 3D-printed hotel suite to be entirely operational (Video)”

3D-Printed Bricks Can Be Filled with Water to Bring Down Temperatures

We’ve previously seen designers use the presence of swimming pools or take advantage of prevailing winds to help passively cool homes. But what if every brick used to build a house could cool it down? Design studio Emerging Objects has come out with 3D-printed porous bricks called Cool Bricks that can be filled with water to bring down temperatures. Continue reading “3D-Printed Bricks Can Be Filled with Water to Bring Down Temperatures”