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30 MARCH 2014

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

"At the centre of the process is the KamerMaker, or Room Builder, a scaled–up version of an open–source home 3D–printer, developed with Dutch firm Ultimaker. It uses the same principle of extruding layers of molten plastic, only enlarged about 10 times, from printing desktop trinkets to chunks of buildings up to 2x2x3.5m high.

For a machine–made material, the samples have an intriguingly hand–made finish. In places, it looks like bunches of black spaghetti. There are lumps and bumps, knots and wiggles, seams where the print head appears to have paused or slipped, spurting out more black goo than expected.

'We're still perfecting the technology,' says Heinsman. The current material is a bio–plastic mix, usually used as an industrial adhesive, containing 75% plant oil and reinforced with microfibres. They have also produced tests with a translucent plastic and a wood fibre mix, like a liquid form of MDF that can later be sawn and sanded. 'We will continue to test over the next three years, as the technology evolves,' she says. 'With a second nozzle, you could print multiple materials simultaneously, with structure and insulation side by side.'"

(Oliver Wainwright, 28 March 2014, The Guardian)



20143D printing • 3D-printed house • Amsterdamarchitecture • biodegradable materials • black spaghetti • brickbuilding process • canal • canal house • computer-controlled gantry • contour crafting • cyberarchitecturedesign futuresdigital fabricationdigital forming • Dus Architects • dwellingfabrication • gable • honeycomb lattice • honeycomb structurehouse • housebuilding • housing • Janjaap Ruijssenaars • KamerMake • lattice • liquorice • machine-made material • made on-demandmanufacturingMDFmobius stripnew crafts • novelty technology • oozingplant oilplastic • plastic facade • print structures • printingrapid manufacturing • Room Builder • synthetic sandstone • technological developmentsThe Guardian • treacle • Ultimaker • wood fibre


Linda Carroli
25 OCTOBER 2013

Working gun made with 3D printer

"The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US. The controversial group which created the firearm, Defense Distributed, plans to make the blueprints available online. The group has spent a year trying to create the firearm, which was successfully tested on Saturday at a firing range south of Austin, Texas. Anti–gun campaigners have criticised the project. Europe's law enforcement agency said it was monitoring developments. ...

The idea is that as the printers become cheaper, instead of buying goods from shops, consumers will instead be able to download designs and print out the items at home. But as with all new technologies, there are risks as well as benefits."

(Rebecca Morelle, 6 May 2013)



20133D printing • ABS plastic • anti-gun campaign • ATF • BBC World Serviceblueprint • Cody Wilson • complex solid objects • computer printer • controversial group • cost effectivecriminal acts • crypto-anarchist • cybercrime • Defense Distributed (organisation) • destructive potentialethical considerations • Europol • firearm • freely availablegun • gun control • gun laws • law enforcementlaw studentmanufacturing • National Firearms Act • New Yorkers Against Gun Violence • personal liberties • plasticpotential for harmproduct designtechnological determinismtechnological developmentstechnological instrumentalismtechnology as neutralTexas • Undetectable Firearms Act • University of Texas • US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF)


Simon Perkins
10 MAY 2005

Building Information Modelling

The building industry "is made up of many relatively small businesses that come together on a contract basis for a single project," [Kristine] Fallon [of Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc.] said. "It's all based on ad–hoc partnerships. BIM really changes those relationships, and you need a structure to accommodate that.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has the potential to offer the Architecture/Engineering/Consulting industry significant benefit. While architectural and engineering artefacts have traditionally been developed through repetitive design and re–design regimes (forcing businesses to often re–create existing artefacts), BIM has the potential to allow partners to evolve shared design artefacts through blueprint stages to fabrication and construction.BIM is a process where digital 3D models created by architects are able to be re–used and extended across all engineering contexts (by each business partner) within a given construction project.
(David Becker, ZDNet)



3D modellingad-hoc • AEC • architecture • Becker • BilbaoBIMblueprint • building industry • Building Information Modellingbuilding processbusinessCADcomputer aided design • consulting • design futuresengineering • Fallon • Guggenheimpartnershiprapid manufacturingtechnological developments


Simon Perkins
28 JANUARY 2005

Ambient Intelligence - Agents for Ubiquitous Computing

"The merging of virtual environments, mobile communication and sensors, allows the emergence of a new vision: Ambient Intelligence, a pervasive and unobtrusive intelligence in the surrounding environment supporting the activities and interactions of the users. Ambient intelligence appears poised to cause remarkable changes in the way people live. With digital information, the ease of interaction between humans and computers can be greatly increased by broadening the interface media available and allowing mobile and portable communication to become free of inhibiting wires and stationary units. The result of ambient intelligence is ultimately a more empowered computer with the benefits of added convenience, time and cost savings, and possibilities for increased safety, security, and entertainment. This technology has the potential to significantly impact business and government processes, as well as private life."


AAMAS05 • agents for ubiquitous computing • ambient intelligence • Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2005 • context awarenessdigital information • electronic environments • future castingfuture interaction conceptsfuture technologieshuman interactions • intelligent systems • interaction between humans and computers • merging virtual and real environments • Michael Berger • mobile communication • pervasive intelligence • portable communication • Sehl Mellouli • sensorssoftware agent • Software Agent (SA) • Stefan Poslad • surrounding environment • technological developments • Tim Finin • ubiquitous computingubiquitous computingUniversity of Maryland • unobtrusive intelligence • user-empowerment • user-friendliness • Utrechtvirtual environments • vision of the future • Zakaria Maamar

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