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A concrete printer kit for about $30,000 to $50,000 that can print two story houses

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Posted in Hardware on 1st Sep, 2014 07:32 PM by AlexMuller

Contractor Andrey Rudenko is currently working on a project of gargantuan proportions that seems to be stretching and exploring the limits of 3D printing technology. Using a printer that was substantially modified and expanded, he has printed a concrete castle in his own backyard.

 

And at 3 by 5 meters, this concrete structure is the world's first 3D printed concrete castle, and one of the largest objects that has, up till now, ever printed with 3D printing technology. A project of this size obviously needs a printer of corresponding proportions, and Rudenko necessarily built his own machine. While he has received lots of very helpful feedback from the RepRap community, the actual construction was of his own design.

 

This massive machine is driven by Arduino Mega 2560 board and software, which is not too different from some other 3D printers, but it requires special stepper drivers 'For a big printer, Andrey needed special drivers that can handle the heavy weight of the machine as well as be compatible with the software/firmware. The best fit they found was from James Newton's Mass Mind.

 
This printer is therefore slightly different than the one developed by Behrokh Khoshnevis at USC. 'Design-wise, I'm creating a natural, free-layering of fine concrete and my goal is to have a nice-looking, natural texture, without the need for any additional finish, similar to rammed earth technology.'
 
Rudenko is also seeking to develop a portable machine that even smaller construction companies can afford. 'The final price will be known once we build a few houses, but to the best of his knowledge, Andry Rudenko currently sees it as being priced at $30,000-50,000, though this will also vary depending on the parts and type of model.'

Tags: 3D printingconstructionconcretehousinghardware

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-02
+3
Great news for 3D printing, it is good to see attempts at the large scale as these houses. Clearly there are challenges with the scale and materials, however if this is successful and affordable and allows for easer design and building, it is going to be a great success! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-02
+1
This is a great comment "Its always seemed sad to me that despite all our modern technology, the vast majority of today's buildings are un-inspirational going on down-right ugly, especially compared to the likes of Gaudi who's architecture still seems more modern than today's buildings despite its age. Will this type of technology finally enable us to easily create personalised and more inspired architecture? Of course not everyone is so inspired but given the right software I think people could have a lot of fun."
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-02
+2
Yes, this is the key question- could this 3D printing technology bring creativity and improve buildings and give more choices? I would say YES! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-02
+2
3D printing is making a difference. First-ever 3D-printed space telescopes is nearing completion. NASA is working on the first space telescope made entirely from 3D-printed parts. T3D printing allows for very fast prototyping, reduces fabrication costs, and because it can create very complex structures, the number of components needed to make a space telescope are drastically reduced. Reply


 

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