Days when you have to wait patiently for the builder to construct your house will soon be a thing of the past. An engineer from University of Southern California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis claims a giant 3D printer similar to 3D printing technology could well be used in the future to create houses layer by layer and complete the entire house in less than 24 hours.
According to him, Contour Crafting, a layered fabrication technology uses huge movable gantry to construct entire houses with fittings and fixtures pretty much the same way a 3D printer deposits layers of plastic. Concrete layers are deposited through a nozzle that moves around the construction site from help with the gantry.
The nature of this technology also means that it will be possible to easily construct curved walls and architecture that is deemed complex by architects and engineers. According to Khoshnevis, the methods of construction used in houses currently are too slow, costly, and labor intensive. Contour Crafting on the other hand could construct houses at a less than half the cost in significantly less time. Khoshnevis is of the opinion, with Contour Crafting a 2500 square foot house can be fully constructed complete with furnishings, fixtures and fittings within 24 hours. The makers of Contour Crafting technology believe it can be used to develop and construct entire neighborhoods in the future.