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Is 3D printing good or bad for construction jobs?

3d printed house sxsw austin
(Quartz/Mike Murphy)

Now You can now 3D-print a house in under a day  

I love this discussion thread about the recent article by Mike Murphy at QUARTZ on 3D printed houses/structures and the impact of these emerging and potentially disruptive technologies.  There is a lot of concern for the future of the construction industry and jobs, which is understandable.

I live in California, where it costs more in materials and construction to frame a house vs. whole finished properties 5x in size in some other states. That means most of the budget goes into permitting, special materials and expensive and inefficient construction techniques - things that eat money otherwise spent on quality finish and detail by skilled professionals.

In a market like ours, what I believe this technology will allow for, assuming it nets out more cost-efficient, is more spending on finish work, professional carpentry and finish skills, vs. costs dictated by construction standards and code requirements. It will also demand a whole new class of labor skills to operate the equipment.

I predict the savings will be to the benefit of the home owner - and the quality of the result both structurally, and aesthetically - and not necessarily at the expense of skilled labor. Traditionally speaking, new technologies in construction techniques have fed the job market, not squashed it.

What do you think?

 

Move over Moore . . . there's a new law in town!


illustration by ZOHAR LAZAR

According to this article by Clive Thompson of WIRED Magazine, there is a new law in town:  Lass' Law.  Moore's law has accurately predicted the increase in computing capacity of chips for the past five decades.  Now, Lass' Law predicts to do the same for Fab Labs.  

Clive states: "If Lass’ law continues, custom fabrication will explode. In roughly a decade we will have a million fab labs. In 30 years it will be a trillion; they will be as omnipresent as the electronic devices currently scattered around your home."

Yikes!  That means a lot of intellectual property floating around to track for attribution.  makeSEA is designed specifically so that independent designers can share, sell, and track their intellectual property among a trusted community –including fab labs in meatspace. makeSEA protected projects can be managed privately, shared among private teams, or the exposed to the world - you choose.

makeSEA is all about Fair Trade & Attribution for Independent 3D Designers - join us and Go make something™ today!

3D Printing and the Olympics

Whether you strive for Olympic gold downhill skiing, or couch-surfing, it’s easy to understand why 3D printing makes a difference - remember, this technology is on it’s way to your living room. Read the full article here.

 

Innovate

At makeSEA we're all about innovation. Through the process of change, alteration, transformation and metamorphosis, using new methods and creativity, that new or improved products can evolve from an existing idea.

Stephen Coyle, a makeSEA member, is experimenting with Christoph Laimer’s 3D-printed Halbach Motor design (/makesea/1gt) to see if he can get it to generate more power. Stephen is casting the core of the motor using his 3D printed parts, a propane foundry,

propane foundry 

and scrap metal.

scrap metal 

You can check out Stephen's progress here: https://imgur.com/a/jhpfE and look at the comments on the Halbach Motor project for more insights. Stephens’s goal is to produce enough power with the motor to use in his water-jet-powered kayak project.

There are many 3D printed projects on makeSEA and many more to come! Become a member and “innovate” your next idea!

Halbach Motor Build Kits Are Finally In!

Have you been waiting for the Halback Motor Build Kits to become avaialble?  So have we - they are In Stock Now - Get yours today HERE.

Check Out the makeSEA Mash Market for a collection of useful designs related to this Wiki article.

What Green 3D Projects would you like to see at makeSEA?

What green 3D projects would you like to see at makeSEA?

What do you use for 3D Print Object Digital Rights Management today?

What do you use for 3D Print Object Digital Rights Management today?