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Giant 3D-printer could be the key to affordable housing

CINCINNATI (Derek Drake) -- Researchers from the University of Southern California created a 3D printer that can build a 2,500 square-foot house in 24 hours.

The project, which began in 2008, is led by Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis. Their goal has been to create and develop a new fabrication technology using the same premise behind 3D printing, layers.

The specific term the group calls it is "Contour Crafting." And instead of using thermoplastic, as in regular 3D printing, the robot applies layer after layer of concrete to construct anything from a straight wall, curved wall and even domes.

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More on the project from Mashable and MSN.

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