Sunday, April 27, 2014

Can 3D printing solve the housing crisis?

Can 3D printing solve the housing crisis?

Interesting article which looks at the potential impact of 3D printing technology on house building. Proponents claim the technology will revolutionise house building by enabling cheap, high quality and environmentally sustainable dwellings to be constructed in under twenty four hours.

Posted by carnivaltime @ 10:33 PM (2772 views)
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4 thoughts on “Can 3D printing solve the housing crisis?

  • sure, but what about location, location, location and planning permission? I bet I could pay builders to assemble a reasonably looking home made of wood in the middle of nowhere and without connection to utilities a small fraction of what London suburban house costs. so what? I need to live where work is and whee I can buy groceries and house needs utilities, public road access etc

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    What P says.

    The best example of this is container housing, adjusted for area of land they use, they are actually more expensive than flats or houses.

    And there was a fine example of a whole quasi-shopping centre somewhere in Ukraine made up of hundreds if not thousands of ex-shipping containers which the owner had bought for $10 each, because of agglomeration effects and it because it is surprisingly well organised, the rent for a container is $1,000 or $2,000 a month. That might have dropped a bit now, obviously 🙂

    See also: beach huts, garage spaces in Knightsbridge etc.

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  • The ink will cost a fortune. And you can’t print infrastructure, internal fittings or even insulation.

    Why not just sell the homeless “virtual homes” instead?

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  • yes, in “second life” or whatever kool kidz play these days

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