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Inside the Race to Perfect the 3D-Printed Home

Written by Paul

October 23, 2018

In the mid-2000s, when 3D-printing technology hit the mainstream, the possibilities seemed endless. Just before the turn of the millennium, the first bioprinted human organ—a bladder—was successfully transplanted into a patient. Large-scale 3D printing was achievable by 2000, and five years later, the first at-home 3D printer was released. In 2013, former U.S. president Barack Obama declared in his State of the Union address that 3D printing “has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything”—including noble initiatives like affordable prosthetic limbs, as well as wider accessibility to controversial items, such as 3D-printed guns. A new era seems to be taking shape, one perhaps more like the science fiction world of Neal Stephenson’s 1995 novel The Diamond Age , where the code for nearly anything can be downloaded and printed. Particularly in design, there have been significant strides in 3D-printing houses. Chinese company WinSun was the first […]

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