Posted February 07, 2019 06:12:55A new technology could allow people to build their own houses.
Theoretically, it should be possible to print houses out of cardboard and then build them on top of the same piece of cardboard.
It is similar to the process of turning cardboard into a metal.
The technology, dubbed 3D Printing-X, is being developed by the University of Manchester and the British-based 3D Systems, which is based in the US.
The idea is to print a piece of metal or plastic into a hollow shape that can be used to print other objects such as furniture.
This could be a door, a door frame, or a door handle.
A cardboard box, say, could be turned into a wall and then attached to a frame that houses a door.
If a person uses the same materials to make a cardboard box and a plastic box, it is possible to use them interchangeably.
This is called 3D Duplication.
It is a bit like turning a pencil into a piece with a hole in the middle.
You could then use the hole to create a shape that is slightly different from the pencil.
But the real advantage of the technology is that it is very inexpensive.
A house can cost as little as £1,000 to produce and is about the size of a kitchen table.
If a 3-D printer is used, it would be possible for people to make an affordable house out of just about anything.
The University of Melbourne’s Dr Matt Williams, who is leading the research, says it is a new way of manufacturing.
He said: ‘3D printing-X could be used in a range of industries from furniture to medicine, food and textiles.’
It could also be used for building materials, building materials for the construction industry, and so on.’
The university says it hopes to see 3D printed houses and other objects in the UK within five years.
Professor Williams said:’The potential for 3D printers is tremendous.
If you could print out any piece of plastic or metal, it could be put into a 3d printer and printed.’
The technology could also replace traditional manufacturing processes, such as moulding and casting, and be cheaper and quicker than ever before.
Professor John O’Brien from the University’s Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (IASAS) says that it will be important to work out how to scale the process.’
We need to understand what kind of things we can get 3D printer to do.
How much can they make and where can they be used?’
He said that the technology could be useful in places where traditional manufacturing requires a large quantity of materials to be imported.
Professor O’Brian said: ‘In the manufacturing world, the cost of materials is prohibitive and the cost is generally prohibitive for new processes.’
He added that there are some issues with the technology, such the fact that 3D prints have a tendency to form bubbles and other defects in their final product.’
But I think it’s very promising.
It’s an exciting way to go for 3d printing and I’m hopeful it will revolutionise the industry.’
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