Here's one for those of you following the 3D printing or additive manufacturing revolution: a Chinese firm has successfully built a five-story three-d printed apartment house, and the same firm has constructed ten houses in one day using the same process. And note not only the cost, but the architectural possibilities: pick your favorite style, and then three-d print it:

Chinese firm 3D-prints 5-story house using construction waste 'ink'

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. ShiningBrow on February 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    “The company has been building up a reputation.”

    Using the 3D printer?? :p

  2. Jon on February 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Other articles about this have shown the work close up, and the walls are quite rough – look much like early hand-laid concrete. Still, a very cool use of 3-D printing.

    A process which would probably yield a much better result in conversion to 3-D printing would be the Monolithic Dome folks technique of layering sprayed concrete onto rebar and sprayed foam. They are now even using special rebar and roving made from basalt (a recently declassified Russian technology) which works much better than steel. This technology of monolithic concrete construction could probably be computerized and robotized easily, and produces tornado, fire, and earthquake proof buildings that are also extremely energy efficient. They can already create virtually any shape which can be inflated.

    Still, there is no likelihood of this being adopted on a large scale in the US, as the building industry vested interests keep us firmly locked into 1800s level technology and 1600s design. Unless, that is, ther is some sort of seachange in the wind (to mix metaphors).

    Buckminster Fuller, Luigi Colani, and the Monolithic folks have all tried to move people into more intelligent building design, but have faired about as well as Tucker in the car industry (which Fuller and Colani also tried to impact).

    Concrete monolithic dome with cold fusion power? That might just realize Fuller’s Dymaxion home idea.

    3-D printed concrete monolithic dome? Way cool.

  3. marcos toledo on February 13, 2015 at 10:02 am

    The USA could surely use this technology to repair their failing infrastructure. But then our elites have more important things on their so called minds like creating more chaos around the world. So they can line their already bloated pockets and money portfolios with blood money.

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