Chris Kott wrote:The ideas, programming, and architecture can be used on the macro scale as well. John mentioned 3D-printed cob, which I think is brilliant, by the way. I would love to see that in action in person.
But yes, I believe 3D printing is definitely forum-worthy, as it definitely has the potential to be applied to solve problems in a permacultural way. If enough posts can be tabulated to please the Google Gods, it should get it's own.
John C Daley wrote:Following up the bomblets concept.
SEED BALLS are already in use, they are made by mixing seeds and clay in a concrete mixer and then dried.
Once they are spread around, the seeds are protected from birds and ants etc until enough moisture is around to set off the seed.
Then BINGO and plant appears.
They can sit for months or even years.
ermaculture seed balls etc
Seed balls the easy way
The smartphone-controlled SCARA robotic printer used in this project is lightweight enough that only two people are needed to operate it. Casa Covida may be an experimental prototype for now, but Rael points out that the goal here is to ask vital questions about the limits of advanced technology and materials, and the possibilities of reviving ancient techniques and materials in a modern context, “In some ways, for me at least, this is a return to a particular origin and we’re taking the most primitive materials and combining them with the most sophisticated technology. But I actually see that in reverse: I see that mankind has been developing the use of mud for 10,000 years — it’s actually our most sophisticated material. And the way it works thermally, and the way it performs, and the way that it works environmentally is extremely sophisticated. The robotic arm is a crotchety, weird thing that’s always breaking down — that’s only existed for two years. It’s the least sophisticated technology we have for making a building.
Simon Torsten wrote:You have always 3D printed.
The big push for 3D printing isa push for removing the human element.
Slip Form masonry:
John Weiland wrote:Does anyone know if 3D printing is, in any way, being fused with plastic recycling? I recall a thread some time ago about some movement and machinery that melts and re-molds plastic for new uses. Is there a 3D printer concept out there that has envisioned using waste plastic as a raw material that could be liquified and used in the printing?