View Full Version : Contour Crafting (TEDx)

27th-June-2013, 01:40 AM
Fascinating how fast technology evolves. The inventor is realistic about how this process would change the construction field when and if something like this goes into mass production.



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27th-June-2013, 01:43 AM
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there ya go

off to watch this

27th-June-2013, 01:48 AM
outrageously qt accent

27th-June-2013, 02:50 AM
I found the idea abhorrent. I see his side of it, but I don't think he has taken into consideration the ripple effects of such a technology. Or at least not as much as he ought to.

However, I am considerably biased, so I choose to go into no further detail.

I'd like to note that the idea of using such a technology for lunar projects is a very good one. In my opinion, this idea should be focused on a lunar context, perhaps the idea even scrapped for application on earth. It would be good to see NASA (or whoever) figure out a way to apply this system on the moon using lunar materials, perhaps using an earthly resin to bind 'moon dust' or something similar. Much the same as a 3d printer works, layering dust and resin alternately. Not sure how well this would work in a vacuum though.

28th-June-2013, 03:22 PM
However, I am considerably biased, so I choose to go into no further detail.
Either you're a construction worker or a luddite, which is it? :D

Personally my problem with this is that it's moronically simple, I mean "oh hey we can make models of houses on 3D printers so why not 3D print on a larger scale?" when really the machine shown is quite large, this will not work for inner city construction, certainly not for high rise or apartment block construction, leaving only suburban construction and I've seen similar techniques using factory made prefabs which would be just as fast and even more adaptable.

*slams a fist on the table* I demand more extreme innovation dammit!
More, more, MORE!