Carbon Nanotubes Can Self-Assemble Themselves at a Distance

Nanotechnology is part of a whole new stage of technology, the ability to create microscopic machines that can perform tasks such as replacing torn knee ligaments or as was previously found it could be used to double hard drives space. Part of nanotechnologies problems is that if it is damaged, you are talking about a tiny tear. Self-repairing technology can help with that, enabling machines and devices to not only protect themselves but also repair some of the damage that has been done to them, and researchers at Rice university have taken it a step further by letting carbon nanotubes self-assemble themselves all with just a little remote prompt.

The researchers at Rice university posted a video to YouTube that shows a series of carbon nanotubes gather together and assembles themselves into a wire. Remember when you broke your favourite pair of headphones because part of the cable broke but you could never tell what part? With this technology, you could simply place your headphones in a force field created by a Tesla coil and watch at it repairs itself.

Described by one of the scientists sons as “spider-man webs”, the video clearly shows that this technology could be used in creating self-building/repairing technology, similar to that found in the self-healing gel that Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas showed off a few months ago.

Ark: Survival Evolved Lawsuit Has Been Settled

Who doesn’t love building a base? Well, when it comes to building a base having some help from your tribe sure comes in handy, even more so when they bring a T-rex to help keep you safe while you finish your little hut. Ark: Survival Evolved allows players to enjoy this amongst so much more, but the future of the game was brought into question when its origins were questioned in a lawsuit, don’t worry through because the lawsuit has now been settled.

The final word was said on the 13th of April 2016 according to the documents both parties involved filed, saying that they had finalised a “written settlement agreement”. The parties involved are Wildcard, the creators behind Ark: Survival Evolved and Trendy, the creators of the popular co-op game, Dungeon Defenders.

Earlier in the week Susan Stieglitz, wife to Jeremy Stieglitz, the man at the core of the lawsuit, posted the following hinting at the sum that Trendy were after.

https://twitter.com/SusanCStieglitz/status/719987095796711424

In a Reddit post there appears to be an image capturing a conversation in which Susan Claire Stieglitz states that “we ended up settling for 40”. With no confirmation and the details not being publicly released, there isn’t any hard evidence to talk about the outcome of the lawsuit expect speculation and the fact that it has in fact ended. With Ark: Survival Evolved still marked as early access on Steam, losing out on any income (especially something as large as 40 million), the game is sure to feel the impact and people will want to know if they have had to pay this money rather than towards developing an outstandingly exciting game.

Carbon Fiber Threads Could Protect Old Buildings Against Earthquakes

When it comes to protecting buildings from earthquakes, the more recent the building the more likely it is to stand up thanks to advancements in both technology and structural designs to use supports and designs that will help reduce or even prevent a building being damaged. This doesn’t give you much support for the older buildings that you want to still protect, leaving you with few options to protect precious history, until the creation of carbon fiber threads that was.

Komatsu Seiren Fabric Laboratory has developed carbon fiber-based CABKOMA Strand Rods and suggests they could be used for protecting older buildings against earthquakes by tying the roof to the ground in a similar way to a tents guidelines. The fibers would allow the building to move together, ultimately keeping the roof and floors beneath it moving together.

While the idea of “anchoring” a building may sound silly, the threads are very strong and lightweight, giving you the ability to transport and make the precautions necessary to protect heritage and historical sites.

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While a great idea, there are limitations. The threads won’t work in dense urban areas or on tall buildings, giving you limited use in cities but it could be the first in many steps to help save lives and buildings when an earthquake strikes.

The CITE That No One Will Live In

When it comes to technology, people are constantly told to test it before release. Car makers are being warned that they need to slow down the release of automated driving in order to help people find and understand the risks and dangers of having a machine make decisions which will ultimately affect thousands on a daily basis, and with large companies like Tesla and Apple looking to get in on the automated car business, everyone wants to be safe before their cars hit the road. The site for Apple’s testing may have become revealed, though, in a brand new CITE.

No that is not a spelling mistake, CITE stands for The Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation, a 15 square miles of desert located within New Mexico. Set to cost around $1 billion and begin sometime this year, Pegasus Global Holding will begin the construction of the city for 35,000 people, but no one will ever live there.

Dubbed a “City lab” the city will feature everything from hospitals and highways to schools and could be used for testing self-driving transportation and green energy systems, with a research campus designed to help people study and understand technology on a city-wide scale before it’s released to the real world. With an estimated operational date of 2018, it could be a while before we see a city that’s fully automated, which is all good for us as long as they don’t name any of the systems Skynet or the Red Queen.

Instant Shelters For When Times Are Bad

We’ve all seen the news, sometimes they just seem to be filled with doom and gloom telling us how climate change is going to flood our homes and the beaches that we love to spread our toes on when it gets sunny. To combat this threat technology has created some amazing little shelters, designed to be deployed in just a moment to help protect people when their most vulnerable from the environment.

The Better Shelter

The Better Shelter is designed as a “modular” housing system. With four windows and a lockable door, the concept behind the shelter is to be quickly deployed to create a safe and secure environment for people running from people or the weather. Solar panels are installed on the roof in order to power the lights within the structure, lasting four hours when at full charge, or less if you use the USB port included to charge your much needed mobile phone.

Reaction Housing Exo Shelter

Designed as a home away from home, the Exo is built for the simple purpose of providing shelter. With only two pieces to clip together, once the floor is met by the shell and plugged into a power system you have four fold down beds with a variety of controls including LED lighting and climate controls. Worried about people entering your Exo? Worry not as the doors is locked and unlocked through NFC bracelets and key cards.

Daiwa Lease: EDV-01

Daiwa Lease is known for creating structures but the EDV-01 is something a little different. Designed to be no bigger than a shipping container during transport, a press of a button releases the hydraulic lift that raises the outer shell to create a two-tiered structure in less than half a minute. Designed for quick deployment where needed, the EDV-01 deploys to contain everything you might need. With showers, toilets, and a kitchenette you can enjoy modern comforts with the second floor being dedicated to your personal space. Solar panels on the roof mean that these temporary structures can be used as offices or shelters, helping not only shelter people but create a base where they can recover.

Sky Mile Tower Aims To Reinvent The Skyscraper

The evolution of the humble skyscraper has been nothing short of amazing over the last half a century, from the US and its range of towering buildings that have included the “Trump international Tower” which stands at an eye- watering 423 metres tall (1,389ft) to the current king which is situated in Dubai and goes by the name the “Burj Khalifa“, this structure stands at an incredible 829.8 metres (2,722ft).

Surely this will not be beaten? Well, apparently it might well be after it was recently announced that a new structure is in the planning stage and goes by the name the “Sky Mile Tower”, below is a summary concerning this proposed building.

  • The Sky Mile Tower will have a hexagonal design.
  • The Sky Mile Tower building will be around 1 mile high
  • The Sky Mile Tower is expected to house 55,000 people
  • The Sky Mile Tower will be surrounded by a series of hexagonal designed man-made islands.

Below is the concept computer generated designs for this new building, as you can see, they are certainly exciting. The islands will also be used with the aim of both protecting the city from flooding and also acting as a foundation for homes with the potential to house 500,000 people, the building is also earmarked for the city of Tokyo.

There will also be various multilevel sky lobbies that will house among other things restaurants, gyms and various health clinics. This all sounds amazing, but, there is one slight caveat when you consider the estimated completion of construction is expected to be around 2045.

Below is the current world’s tallest building, in case you’re wondering, it is the one on the left.

It will be interesting to note if there will ever be a limit to how far a skyscraper can go, after all, there surely has to be a ceiling.

Images courtesy of burjkhalifa and metro

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Elon Musk’s Supersonic Hyperloop Opening Time Revealed

The future of tomorrow, today. Well not entirely, but it is getting closer and we know have an official time frame for the Supersonic Hyperloop train by Elon Musk and his team. The plans have long existed and they’ve come closer to reality every day. 2016 will be the year where it all starts, but it won’t be the year that we get to ride this hyperspeed train yet.

The construction of the 760mph (about 1220 km/h) Supersonic Hyperloop is set to begin within weeks where a five-mile long test track will be built around Quay Valley in Kings County, California. Elon Musk first revealed the train in a whitepaper three years ago, which isn’t that long ago. He himself won’t be actively involved in these steps of the process for the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) company, as he’s already CEO of Tesla and SpaceX that surely keeps him more than busy.

The new Hyperloop won’t just be built around an existing town as Elon Musk is a man that thinks big. Quay Valley is a proposed 75,000-resident community that will be solar powered and placed halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The land will be surveyed in the coming few weeks over February and March while the actual construction set to begin in the middle of 2016. So when will the public be able to ride this new supersonic train? That date is a bit further down the road, but not too far either as it will open to the public in 2018. At least that is the plan according to HTT.

Now we just need to cross our fingers and hope that it doesn’t turn into a Simpon’s styled Monorail and that it can stop better than the Falcon 9 can land. The only really sad part thing around the hyperloop is, that it is being built so far away for most of us that we don’t really have the biggest of chances to ride it.

Fan Constructs Man Utd’s Stadium Out Of Matchsticks

I know what you’re thinking; well this is going to be rubbish! I bet you’re imagining a 10-inch mish mash of a project, well, no, stick with it and you might be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. A Man Utd fan has dedicated a whopping 450 hours of his life/time, which is roughly 19 full days spread over 3 months with the aim of building the famous Old Trafford stadium out of Lego? No Matchsticks.

Below are three images that convey the construction and also the extent and detail level of this project, as you can see, it is pretty amazing.  The replica is almost identical to that of the current real life stadium layout and even includes the recently installed “Sir Alex Ferguson” statue which overlooks (much like the real version did during David Moyes tenure) outside the main entrance of the ground. The colour scheme is also extremely detailed and comparable to that of the current Old Trafford ground.

The skills, eye for detail and patience required to execute such a project is mind-blowing and opens up the possibility for a profession in replica model building.  I am sure there will be a market for commission pieces from excited fans who would like a mini replica stadium built to pay homage to their favourite football team.  The old school board game Subbuteo would have been very different if you had a chance to play in a stadium of this quality.

Thank you mirror or providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of sportycious

Migaloo Your Way To a Mobile Private Island

The opportunities for the super wealthy to indulge their exotic tastes seems pretty endless, from purchasing a premier league club to the finest penthouse architecture; anything is possible for your average Mr B Gates. A private mobile island, on the other hand, must be in the mind of an ideological dreamer, or is it?

A company by the name of Migaloo, not to be confused with Magaluf, is offering what is described as a “Private floating habitat based on semi-submersible platforms” The business touts its piece de resistance in the form of a floating habitat by the name of “Kokomo Island” Which sounds quite like a track from the Beach Boys, this concept man-made construction has a length of 117 meters which is approximately 383 feet long, which is spacious.

Below are illustrations in the form of a video, as you can see, it’s pretty luxurious and the amenities include the following.

  • Private owners penthouse 80 M above sea level
  • jungle deck (whatever this is) with palm trees and vertical gardens
  • Garden deck with al-fresco outdoor dining,
  • spa deck with spa and beauty saloons,
  • 2 beach clubs including beach gym,
  • underwater dining saloon
  • (shark-feeding station (Unless your attached to your arms)
  • heli deck & massive storage for tender & toys (would not need to worry if you have attempted to cuddle a shark)

The company also boasts a chance to purchase a “Private Submersible Yacht” and a video is below to convey this.

So far the company has not managed to sell any man-made islands which leads to a suspicion concerning the legitimacy of the Austrian based company with an idea so expansive as this one.  The idealism of inhabiting your own pop up base would certainly appeal to large corporations who would like to register their ventures in far-flung corners of the globe which benefit from favourable tax legislation, just imagine if say Amazon’s new address was somewhere in the north Atlantic.

Whether we will see pop up islands in the future remains to be seen, as the old saying goes, I will believe it when I see it, and by this I mean in real life, not a computer simulation.

Thank you migaloo for providing us with this information.

New Building In London Includes “Sky Pool”

For many swimming is a relaxing past time, the feeling of water rushing over you as you dive beneath the surface and are engulfed by a fundamental element that sustains us. Many enjoy diving to the bottom of the pool so they can touch the bottom and feel the accomplishment before resurfacing. Now imagine the next time you dive beneath the water and touch the bottom you look out to 10 floors of open space between you and the ground; residents in London could be experiencing that feeling very soon.

A new development in London will feature just that, a “sky pool” as it has been dubbed. The pool will measure 25 metres by five metres and will be encased by glass measuring 20cm’s in thickness.

The design will connect two new apartment buildings, alongside a normal pathway for those who aren’t quite ready to swim to borrow a pint of milk from their neighbour. Sadly though if your are looking at going for a swim there may be a queue, given that around two thousand homes will have access to the pool when it opens.

If you are interested in buying an apartment you can grab one for a mere £602,000, but sadly the first phase of homes have already been bought, leaving the second phase open for people who want to express their interest before they go on sale in September.

“The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique; it will feel like floating through the air in central London.” Ballymore Group CEO Sean Mulryan, who came up with the original idea for the pools design.

I personally love the idea of a sky pool, but I guess a fear of heights and 10 floors of open space beneath the water may stop me from enjoying it quite as much as I think I might. If your interested though you can register your interest here, or hope that a friend gets on of the houses and invites you over.

Thank you Mashable for the information.

Image courtesy of Nine Elms.

Want To Live In A Modern Windmill?

Remember that old TV series “Around The Twist” with the family that lived in the lighthouse? How long did people spend talking with their friends and family about living in a lighthouse or windmill? Well, people in the Netherlands might be closer to the dream than everyone else thanks to a dutch architect.

Doepel Strijkers designed the building, set to stand at a giant 173 metres tall and is designed to use not only  wind and water, but also electric fields in an attempt to generate not only sufficient energy to power itself but also enough to power nearby buildings, with an estimated output of 1 megawatt. Just for reference 1 megawatt would be enough to power on average 1000 U.S. homes.

Designed for low maintenance and quiet running, the building will not only generate electricity but will contain a restaurant, a seven-story hotel, a whopping 72 apartments and some space for offices as well.

With everything from solar panels on the outside of the building, a pipe to deliver industrial heat from the local port to help heat the building and a system of negatively charged water molecules within the air in a fashion similar to thunder clouds, which when it strikes (in small amounts) the charge can be converted to useable energy.

The design allows for the creation of miniature thunder clouds and uses them to harness the natural energy stored within the air and generated by molecules hitting the highly charged beams that will run across the wind tunnel.

Ultra-cool looking building – Check. Green Energy – Check. Dream house – Check! Oh and did I mention that it would pay for itself in just 10 years?

Thank you PopSci for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Doepelstrijkers.

SkySphere – The 360 Solar Powered Tree House


Who didn’t want a tree house when they were young? Who still doesn’t love the idea of being able to climb into a small house and enjoy a view while you take a break from the rush of everyday life? Seems like you may have the opportunity to enjoy half of that dream soon enough.

When Jono Williams wanted a room with a view the classic treehouse came to mind, but with a twist. Rather than rely on a tree, why not build something which could go anywhere? So the SkySphere was created from his background as a graphics designer and plastics engineer.

The initial SkySphere is located in New Zealand and features a ladder (like any good tree house inspired design) to access the main features of the building.

So its late at night and you want to do something, the SkySphere comes with a set of colour changing lights, perfect for anything from a romantic meal to a late night of gaming with friends. What could help with those dreams? Well maybe the high-speed internet accessibility, meaning this tree house has gone full techno, including a wireless surround sound system and fingerprint-based entry system (you can always ask for a password out the window though).

Of course, no modern house would be complete without a remote control, of which the SkySphere supplies through an app on your phone controlling everything from the lights and doors to the refrigerated beer dispenser.

The only thing missing from this amazing modern take on a tree house is the bathroom, so getting a portaloo and portable shower may be on the cards as well.

So who would be interested in going and staying in the SkySphere? Personally I might ask them to put up one-way class first before the neighbours start to get nosey.

Thank you Mashable for the information and images.

NVIDIA’s Futuristic HQ On Schedule Again

NVIDIA’s proposed futuristic triangular headquarters is back on, a year after being shelved. The GPU manufacturer confirmed on Tuesday that the first of its two planned buildings will be erected after demolition at its Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara site is completed.

The pair of 500,000 square foot buildings, their shape meant to represent polygons, were first announced two years ago, but the project was delayed last year, with NVIDIA claiming it needed more time to get the $300 million design “just right”.

“NVIDIA is growing. We are expanding our campus to support our growth businesses,” Nvidia spokesman Hector Marinez told Silicon Valley Business Journal. “After working hard to optimize each aspect of the building’s design and cost, we are ready to move forward.”

Though the HQ will be mostly executive offices, there will be space for advanced computer labs. NVIDIA hopes to occupy the first building by 2017.

Source: Silicon Valley Business News

Apple Starts Building Mysterious Structure Outside Event Building

9to5Mac has been sent photos of a mysterious new structure being built outside the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – the location of Apple’s event a week from now.

The images show a white tent-like structure that has been constructed as an extension to one of the buildings at the venue. While we don’t yet exactly know what the building will be for, our best guess is that it will be a demo area for the Apple Watch and perhaps any new products that are to be announced.

This guess, while it seems perfectly reasonable, is not without question. Apple built a similar, but substantially larger building at the Flint Center, in Cupertino for their original watch event, which has led to the suggestion that this is the same thing. But, it’s worth keeping in mind that the Flint Center did not have the space required for such an area in the first place, necessitating that Apple build it themselves. The Yerba Buena Center does have this space already though – Apple has held many events at the venue across many years, and has always had a substantially large demo area inside the building itself.

So, what is this building? Is it really just show off the watch, or is it for another product? We’ll see on March 9th.

Source: 9to5Mac

ASUS With All New White PCB Motherboard

ASUS have announced their new iteration of the white, Sabertooth series. Containing a white PCB and named the Sabertooth Mk S, this hot piece of tech is created on the Z97 platform and was previously seen under the codename ‘Sabranco’ at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan this year.

Similar in style to their previous white PCB models, the new version is said to offer a shroud and metal back plate both containing a snow camouflage design. The shroud design contains a small fan to help keep your board cool, alongside this board offering an advanced and extended shroud covering when compared to previous models.

As for features, the Sabertooth Mk S will feature four slots of dual channel DDR3 capable RAM bays, three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and 3 PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots to enable different methods of SLI or Crossfire configurations. The board also has your data storage covered with eight SATA 6Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports and supports display outputs of HDMI and Display Port and LAN capabilities through it’s two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The shroud covering is said by ASUS to be manufacturerd to cover the generally ugly components located within a motherboard, allowing for a sleek and neat design.

This board offers a very love or hate style design we feel, the specifications of the board are rather impressive but it’s a little sad that DDR4 isn’t yet incorporated.

We’d love to see any white case mods that you may have at eTeknix, please feel free to send us PM with some images and we may very well share them on our social media.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

ArcheAge Launch Date and Open Beta Announced

The highly anticipated open-end MMORPG build on cryteks engine, ArcheAge, has gotten it’s official release date announced during PAX. Trion also announced an open beta period for everyone to test out the new world and go on an adventure. The open beta will start on Thursday, September 4 at 10:00 AM PDT and run to the same time on the 8th.

To all of Erenor’s intrepid adventurers, be you fierce warriors, brave explorers, fearsome pirates, or skilled crafters: we welcome you as a member of ArcheAge’s launch community! Revealed this evening in Seattle at PAX Prime 2014 to an audience of your fellow players, Trion Worlds and XLGAMES are proud to officially announce that ArcheAge will launch on Tuesday, September 16

There is no invitation needed and the ones lucky enough to play the closed beta can return to their characters as they were including taxes and crops. The characters will however be wiped for the official launch, or rather 4 days prior. Early adopters and founders get a four day head-start into the game.

Alpha testers will be rewarded as well, but with what is unknown. The statement reads, “Starting this Saturday at 6:00 PM PDT, our diligent Alpha testers should check their in-game mail, keep a weather eye on the horizon, and be ready for anything…”

The game isn’t the traditional 3 class mmorpg, but allows you to build unique characters, to a certain degree, out of a long list of skills and abilities. There are four different races to chose from, six primary skillsets and four more support skillsets that can be combined into more then 100 classes.

The economy is player-driven. Gatherers, crafters and traders are the engine that drives ArcheAge and the economy within. With the skills you’ll master you can raft goods and homes or galleons and castles. You can also transport and trade materials across the realm where you’ll of course need to protect it.

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The game of course, like any, has a rich player versus player action. It has normal raids and pvp action as well as sabotage and piracy. Trion calls it a world-changing PvP, but how much of it actually is new is to be seen. The game also has a vast uncharted ocean that separate the continents. Of course there is an ideal new battle arena in that and the game features Naval combat on the high seas. Amass your fame and fortune by trading and pirating.

The video below is a 20 minute introduction into the game and can have spoilers for those who want to experience it themselves first hand.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”500″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzB4Q42fyCQ[/youtube]

Thank you Trion for providing us with this information.

Images and video courtesy of Trion and mmohuts.

 

Apple’s Second Campus Build in Full Swing

Pictured above is the scale model for Apple’s Campus 2, being constructed in Cupertino, California.

The new building is to be completely circular in shape, includes some crazy extras and has already set the giant manufacturer $160 million in purchases for the land rights. But as for recent updates, there has been some sneak peek photos posted to Twitter by San Francisco news and traffic reporter Ron Cervi:

Cervi’s photo confirms the curved structuring and you can pinpoint a few underground tunnels that have already been dug out.

This campus was originally announced in 2006 by the late Steve Jobs with a commencement date of 2013 set. Unfortunately due to delays, it didn’t begin construction until 2014 with an extended finishing date of “sometime in 2016”.

Built to house 13,000 employees, it’s certainly an extravagant spaceship look-alike building. Believed to be featuring 7,000 trees, a 3,000 person café, a 1,000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet of research and development, fitness facilities and even includes an orchard.

Unfortunately, that’s all the information available at hand currently, but when there are future updates we will be sure to report.

What do you think of such extravagant establishment setups? Do you think companies like Apple, Blizzard and Google are going over the top with their facilities? Or is it all part of their company culture and brand recognition plans?

Cover image courtesy of Design Collector

Construction update image courtesy of Ron Cervi

3D Printer Reportedly Can Build A House In A Day

Scientists claim to have developed a revolutionary new giant 3D concrete printer that can build a 2,500-square-foot house in just 24 hours. The 3D printer, developed by Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California, could be used to build a whole house, layer by layer, in a single day.

It is “basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building,” said Khoshnevis. “Contour Crafting” is a layered fabrication technology and has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.

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The potential applications of this technology are far-reaching including in emergency, low-income, and commercial housing. The technology may potentially reduce energy use and emissions by using a rapid-prototype or 3D printing process to fabricate large components, according to the project website. Featuring robotic arms and extrusion nozzles, a computer-controlled gantry system moves the nozzle back and forth.

The main advantages of the Contour Crafting process over existing technologies are the superior surface finish that is realised and the greatly enhanced speed of fabrication.

Thank you NDTV for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of NDTV

3D Concrete Printer Can Build A 2500sqft Home In One Day

3D printing is big business, but up until now it has been about small things made of plastics. Sure there are other 3D printing technologies, such as the ones used in Formula 1 to create prototypes and there is even a company that can print metal objects, but nothing compares to the scale of this new concrete 3D printer.

The University of Southern California is testing a giant 3D printer than can print a whole house in less than 24 hours! Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis designed the giant robot which take the place of the entire construction work force and replaces it with a frame, a printer head and a tank of concrete. The basic principle is exactly the same as any other 3D printer, it’s just really, really, really big.

The potential for cheap, efficient builds is staggering and it could massively reduce the cost of home-owning, make quick and affordable shelter in disaster zones a reality and more.

“Ultimately it would work like this,” says Brad Lemley from Discover Magazine. “On a cleared and levelled site, workers would lay down two rails a few feet further apart than the eventual building’s width and a computer-controlled contour crafter would take over from there. A gantry-type crane with a hanging nozzle and a components-placing arm would travel along the rails. The nozzle would spit out concrete in layers to create hollow walls, and then fill in the walls with additional concrete… humans would hang doors and insert windows.”

Just imagine picking a house design from an iPad, thinking “hey I don’t want that door there!” so you just adjust the model, upload it to the printer and the very next day you’re fitting the carpets, awesome!

Don’t be fooled to thinking this is a cheap copy of a house either, the Contour Crafting technique prints the walls that can resist 10,000PSI (pounds per square inch) compared with a regular wall that would normally take 3,000PSI.

The potential is huge for this project, multiple printers could build anything from office blocks to whole estates, or even just larger houses in record time, for lower prices and could be integrated with traditional building techniques to create homes that were previously impossible, or too complex to construct by hand.

Thank you MSN for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of MSN.