3D Home 2Scientists at the University of Southern California have recently announced plans for a large scale 3D printer that will potentially be able to print houses, out of concrete!

The machine (for lack of a better term) consists of two large treads with cranes on either side. Across the top of the cranes sits a boom with an overlarge print head capable of ejecting concrete rather than the standard acrylic substrate. The print head simply moves across the boom, while the boom is moved back and forth using the crane arms. The print head builds the corrugated concrete shell of the house from the foundation up.

The printer is even capable of taking into account needed voids in the house, like plumbing, electrical sockets, and openings for doors and windows! And the kicker? A 2500 sqft house can be printed in under 24 hours!

Ain’t the future great?

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