A professor at the University of Southern California may have discovered a revolutionary technology that could completely change the construction industry forever.
According to a January article on Business Insider.com, engineering professor and prolific inventor Behrokh Khoshnevis' ingenious new creation is a gigantic three-dimensional robotic printer that is capable of building a house in just 24 hours. One of the methods it employs to accomplish this mind-boggling feat is via a computer program that lays out a detailed pattern for a concrete-spewing nozzle, which it follows with finite precision.
This layered fabrication technology, developed by Khoshnevis, goes by the name Contour Crafting. The aforementioned 3D robot uses this process to follow the preset contours of a construction project to not only raise and connect walls, but also embed intricate conduits for electrical, air-conditioning units and plumbing fixtures.
The Contour Crafting robot runs on rails laid down by workers prior to beginning a project. It glides along these rails until it completes its assigned task, after which, humans would take over most, if not all, of the remaining tasks, such as installing windows and hanging doors.
While Contour Crafting remains in the testing stage at this point, Khoshnevis says that even when it is ready for the real world, it will not eliminate the need for human workers. In fact, he asserts, it could actually create more employment opportunities.
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