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A 3D printed home

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The TERA project, which is taking place in Garrison, N.Y., is one of the latest experiments in constructing homes with the aid of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology.

Researchers in the field are seeking to reduce the cost, environmental impact, and hazards of construction methods. TERA team members are adapting 3D-printing techniques in which a computer-controlled dispenser emits a malleable material that hardens into a predetermined shape.

In TERA’s case, the exterior shell of a home will be printed on site, after which a birch plywood interior shell will be inserted. TERA evolved from a prototype Martian habitat called MARSHA that won a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) competition in May.

From The New York Times
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