Navy Helps Fund 3D Printing of Buildings
(FoxNews.com) The Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation are partially funding Countour Crafting to develop 3D printed buildings using concrete. Concrete printers would be able to build a 2,500-square-foot building within a single day. That means soldiers deploying to a remote location with little to no infrastructure could be operating out of permanent structures pretty soon after a combat engineer unit arrived with printers and material aboard a C-17.
Building via Contour Crafting’s 3D printer would work just like any computer assisted manufacturing program. But instead of a robotic tap and die machine turning out parts according to a program, it would be an oversized printer following programmed schematics to lay down, layer by layer, a building, including outside and interior walls, spaces for doors and windows and all electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning conduits.