|It looks like a cross between a giant CAD machine, a crane found at a shipping port and one of those pastry squeeze bags used to decorate a cake.
But the contraption, designed by a professor at USC's Research Computing Facility, is supposed to automatically fabricate a structure (including all of the plumbing and electrical) to exacting standards quickly and efficienty and may just do to homebuilding what Henry Ford's assembly line did to the automobile industry and mass manufacturing.
The process is called "Contour Crafting" and the first prototype home is scheduled to be "oozed" together in the Fall of 2005.
The site cotains numerous demos (under the "Animations" link) in windows media format, selected news coverage the concept has received and more. Fascinating stuff.
Check it out at: www.contourcrafting.org
This eUpdate posting by: Steve@BuildingOnline.com, Editor