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g-f(2)315 The big picture of the digital age (6/10/2021), WaPo, 3-D-printed homes: A concept is turning into something solid.


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Opportunity, Thinking about how the 3-D printer can change the way we design, Alvin Huang
  • “Its actual benefit is in larger projects that have a high deal of customization,” he said. “More and more construction sites will become more and more like factory settings, and instead of laborers, you’re looking at technicians. I’m a very big proponent of thinking about how the 3-D printer can change the way we design.”
Alert, Homelessness among older adults is increasing
  • The share of people age 50 and older experiencing homelessness rose to 33.8 percent in 2017 from 22.9 percent in 2007.
Lesson learned, An urgent need
  • Those statistics, according to the study, suggest the “need for affordable, accessible housing and in-home supportive services is therefore set to soar.”
Lesson learned, Housing affordable 
  • The federal government considers housing affordable when a resident can spend 30 percent or less of income on it. Those who spend more, according to the study, are “cost burdened.”
Warning, Not everyone is convinced that 3-D is the answer for the masses
  • “Basically, 3-D printing is creating a wall system,” said Chris Herbert, the Harvard Center’s managing director. “It still has to have a foundation. Someone needs to put on a roof. It’s another way to lower the labor cost of producing components of the house, but it’s not printing every piece of the house.”
Warning, 30 to 40 years before it will be having an impact
  • Architecture professor Ryan Smith, director of the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University, said he agrees the technology is in its early days. “It’s worth investment and work on research in the industry, but I don’t see how it’s going to work in the current supply chain and labor market,” he said. “I personally still feel it will be 30 to 40 years before it will be having an impact.”
Alert, 3-D’s advantages are about precision and customization
  • Architect and 3-D advocate Alvin Huang, an associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture in Los Angeles, said 3-D’s advantages “are about precision and customization.”

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In this city of disrupters, Austin-based construction technology company Icon has formed a variety of partnerships to explore how 3-D-printed homes could not only provide housing for people on the margins but also demonstrate how to dramatically reduce the time and money spent on construction.

Opportunity, Thinking about how the 3-D printer can change the way we design, Alvin Huang
  • “Its actual benefit is in larger projects that have a high deal of customization,” he said. “More and more construction sites will become more and more like factory settings, and instead of laborers, you’re looking at technicians. I’m a very big proponent of thinking about how the 3-D printer can change the way we design.”
Alert, Homelessness among older adults is increasing
  • The share of people age 50 and older experiencing homelessness rose to 33.8 percent in 2017 from 22.9 percent in 2007.
Lesson learned, An urgent need
  • Those statistics, according to the study, suggest the “need for affordable, accessible housing and in-home supportive services is therefore set to soar.”
Lesson learned, Housing affordable 
  • The federal government considers housing affordable when a resident can spend 30 percent or less of income on it. Those who spend more, according to the study, are “cost burdened.”
Warning, Not everyone is convinced that 3-D is the answer for the masses
  • “Basically, 3-D printing is creating a wall system,” said Chris Herbert, the Harvard Center’s managing director. “It still has to have a foundation. Someone needs to put on a roof. It’s another way to lower the labor cost of producing components of the house, but it’s not printing every piece of the house.”
Warning, 30 to 40 years before it will be having an impact
  • Architecture professor Ryan Smith, director of the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University, said he agrees the technology is in its early days. “It’s worth investment and work on research in the industry, but I don’t see how it’s going to work in the current supply chain and labor market,” he said. “I personally still feel it will be 30 to 40 years before it will be having an impact.”
Alert, 3-D’s advantages are about precision and customization
  • Architect and 3-D advocate Alvin Huang, an associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture in Los Angeles, said 3-D’s advantages “are about precision and customization.”

ICON - 3D Printing 2,000 square-foot homes




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