Case Study Construction Industry – Singularity Institute Wants to Print Low Cost Housing
Well, it seems we put 3-D printing machines in all of the high schools throughout the country now, well quite a few, I guess the goal would be to put this equipment in almost all of them, and it is a good idea too. After all, if these 3-D printers are in our high schools then all of the students as they grow up will be using and thinking of new applications for them. The technology is not necessarily new. In fact I would submit to you that such technology has been used for rapid prototyping for well over 2-decades in many industries. Okay so let’s talk about this for second shall we?
You see, not too long ago I wrote an article about using the sand on Mars mixing it with a solution which permeated the soil, and then having a giant 3-D printer cut out your next Martian colony. In other words, it would build the human habitats via robots prior to humans setting up their colony, and traveling to the red planet. It’s pretty interesting isn’t it?
Sure it is, but what about here on Earth? Could we use similar technology to create low-cost housing? There are many places in the world where people live in urban slums, in the most despicable of conditions. What if we could set down a giant 3-D printing machine and build an instant city, village, or whole neighborhoods of 3-D printed homes.
Is that possible? Sure it is, after all, the Singularity Institute noted that someone has already printed a 3-D airplane and flown it. It seems there is nothing we can’t do. If we can build a small dollhouse with a 3-D printer in a remote location, why can’t we build a full-scale real house, a home in which humans will actually occupy? The reality is we can. Perhaps we can also build habitats in the ocean for sea life, and habitats for endangered species, as well as homes for the most unfortunate of humans living in the most despicable conditions.
There are some brilliant minds working on this thankfully, and the United Nations Human Habitat Program is also working on such things, finding new ways to make efficient low-cost housing for some of the most challenging regions of our planet. It also makes sense to use this for rebuilding temporary housing in the case of a large scale natural disaster. We have the technology, we have the creativity and innovation, and all we need is to put a little will power behind it and make it happen. Luckily, people are doing that now, and it is great to see. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.