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Hammer. Saw. 3D printer. The tools of our trade are changing.

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

It wasn’t that long ago that the cost of 3D printing made it only accessible to industrial design firms and manufacturers with big R&D budgets. My how times have changed.

Today, several companies sell consumer grade 3D printers that don’t cost a whole lot more than a standard desktop printer. But these amazing little makerbots allow people to print in three dimensions virtually anything they can imagine. Parts, jewelry, toys, fashion accessories, home goods, you name it. If it can be designed on a computer, a 3D printer can fabricate it.

It’s easy to see why so many industries are embracing this technology, especially as it becomes so affordable. Even architects and builders are imagining the day when 3D printers transform the building industry. In fact, Dutch architect, Janjaap Ruijssenaars, has already designed a 12,000 square foot Mobius-shaped home that he intends to build, or rather print, using the world’s largest 3D printer. Image Source 

It’s our ambition to have the first printed house, he said when speaking about the 3D printer, which can print a section up to 20 feet by 20 feet, using a computer that adds layers up to a half-inch at a time. Check out the entire article here, and then stay tuned. It’s likely only a matter of time before a 3D printer shows up on a construction site near you.