3-D Printing Changes Building

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3-D Printing Changes Building

3D printed house by ICON

3D printed house by ICON

Photo Credit: ICON

3D printed house by ICON

Photo Credit: ICON

Photo Credit: ICON

3D printed house by ICON

Stereolithography (SLA), commonly known as 3D printing, first saw it’s way in the world in the 1980’s and took everyone by surprise with its cutting edge technology. Some would say it was ahead of its time. In the last 30 years, technology has advanced and people have been making improvements to 3D printing. In early 2018, Tim Anderson and his team made a massive 3-D printer and created a house using the same materials a normal house is made up of. Tim Anderson teamed up with New Story, a non-profit house making company, to provide affordable houses.

“Recently, the US Marine Corps unveiled a 500-square-foot barrack in Champaign, Illinois, which was ‘printed’ with concrete. The joint venture between the Additive Manufacturing Team at Marine Corps Systems Command and Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force, which took 40 hours to create, is the world’s first 3D printed structure built onsite. ‘This exercise had never been done before,’ says Capt. Matthew Friedell, Additive Manufacturing project officer. ‘People have printed buildings and large structures, but they haven’t done it onsite and all at once. This is the first-in-the-world, onsite continuous concrete print.'” [1]

This type of building using a 3D printer can save concrete and reduce the carbon footprint, when making buildings or structures made of concrete. If people keep making buildings and homes with 3-D printers, it would save the environment and more people can afford houses to live in.

[1]Christiansen, Diane. “These Structures Take 3D Printing To A Whole New Level.” DOGOnews, DOGO Media, Inc., 22 Sep, 2018, Web. 14 Oct. 2018.
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