3D printing - The solution to affordable housing?
3D Printing - Is it viable printing houses? Is it sustainable?
3D printing can now produce what man built hundreds of years ago... but not for less..
Housing - the tool used to create employment for people to earn money to purchase food and shelter... "circular economy".
A machine designed to do what man has done hundreds of years ago...We need to provide not only shelter for the "have not's", but more importantly "income" so people are able to support and sustain themselves (food). Therefore job creation is key to sustainable human settlements. For a moment, think about the logistics of getting this printer to a village in Africa. Cost to purchase? Shipping? Training? Then the setting up of the printer (time/cost)...then the peripheral needs of the printer - skill to operate and maintain - spare parts -power...generator...diesel...then a particular soil..mud..cement..etc. - then print a rondavel. Then dismantle the printer and move to the next site - Re-erect - Align - Calibrate - Level... watch while the wall for the second rondave is printed...Then the question...how do we fix the windows? The doors? The roof?
A wattle and daub hut or rondavel is how local rural people build vernacular structures for hundreds of years...Therefore the question - is it viable? Does it benefit society or the "have not's"? What about "circular economy"?
Seems to be a case of "Reinventing the wheel"...
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