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Print a home in <24 hours
« on: Friday, 10 January, 2014 @ 13:01:00 »
Forget weeks to find a builder and months for house construction, a machine developed in the United States can build a 232sq m home layer by layer in a single day.

University of Southern California's Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has designed the giant robot that replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, this squirts out concrete and can quickly build a home according to a computer pattern.

It is "basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building," Prof Khoshnevis told msnUK. The technology, known as Contour Crafting, could revolutionise the construction industry, he says.

Prof Khoshnevis Contour Crafting could slash the cost of homeowning, making it possible for millions of displaced people to get on the property ladder. It could even be used in disaster relief areas to build emergency and replacement housing.

As Prof Khoshnevis points out, if you look around you pretty much everything is made automatically these days "your shoes, your clothes, home appliances, your car. The only thing that is still built by hand are these buildings".

How does it work?

The Contour Crafting system is a robot that automates age-old tools normally used by hand. These are wielded by a robotic gantry that builds a three-dimensional object. Strong walls are built up layer by layer using concrete with automatic reinforcement, while plumbing and electrics are also added by the system during the building process.

Furthermore, Prof Khoshnevis believes that the technology could be applied beyond our planet. "Contour Crafting technology has the potential to build safe, reliable, and affordable lunar and Martian structures, habitats, laboratories, and other facilities before the arrival of human beings,' his website reads.

The technology has been developed over several years and has been put back in the spotlight this week as part of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas which highlights the enormous growth in robotics.