This printed life

If there is one thing we are looking forward to this year it’s the test run of Behrokh Khoshnevis’ Contour Crafting 3D House Printer in April 2007. You could call it printer technology adaptively reused but it’s more a case of evolved.

So, print yourself a house then pop out to your shed where you keep your Acme MakesEverything

(evolved from the Fab@Home fabber) and print out anything else you need.

You could even print a plane.

And in a different way you can already get printed furniture. O brave new world, even if it does at times resemble a Goon Show dystopia.

PS It is worth persisting with this valley girl interview with Khoshnevis to hear him talk at the end about his course in creativity – he’s our sort of guy!


  1. Posted 5 Feb ’07 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Fab@Home is really only a DIY 3D printer. If you find fab@home impressive but would actually like a replicator of sorts you might also want to take at look at the RepRap project out of the University of Bath in the UK…

    Their soon-to-be released machine is also open source, has a proper plastics extruder presently qualified for polycapralactone which can make usuable, hard objects. Whereas the fab@home machine costs $2,400 for parts, the RepRap Darwin is on track to cost no more than $400.

    A spinoff of the RepRap project, Tommelise, is focussed on the American parts environment and uses somewhat different technology and a different control strategy. It’s also an open source specification will let anybody with a few hand tools and primitive woodworking skills bootstrap themselves into 3D fabrication for about $150. Tommelise’s extruder is qualified for polycapralactone and is presently being qualified as well for both high density polypropylene (HDPE, the stuff your plastic cutting board is made of) and polypropylene (HPP, the stuff your coffee maker and plastic electric kettle is made of). You can keep an eye on the Tommelise project at…

    Both of these machines are designed to be able to reproduce most of their own parts as well as make any number of other useful things for you. Have fun!

  2. Ian Milliss
    Posted 5 Feb ’07 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    The Tommelise site is very interesting. I’ve been collecting bookmarks to do a series of posts on open source design and manufacturing so if you want to contribute anything to that please feel free and keep us in touch with your project.

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