Printable homes coming soon thanks to WikiHouse

first_imgComputerization has had a major impact on just about every aspect of manufacturing and fabrication. It’s also led to a democratization of the process, enabling enthusiastic DIYers with a bit of know-how (and a little extra cash in their bank accounts) to create some pretty amazing things with devices like 3D printers, desktop laser cutters, and programmable CNC machines.It’s this last piece of equipment that WikiHouse wants to help you put to good use. The goal of WikiHouse is to allow people to freely download “open source structures” which can be opened and modified using Google Sketchup. The plans’ building components are designed to be milled from 18MM sheets of plywood, and the resulting pieces can be fitted together like a giant puzzle. They’re even labeled during fabrication, making it perhaps a bit more like building an Ikea desk (though that can be puzzling at times). In addition to marking pieces for easy assembly, the CNC will even cut a wooden mallet that can be used to ensure a tight fight between panels.The finished skeleton — when assembled properly on a solid footing — is ready to clad, glaze, wire, plumb, and finish. Though WikiHouse assures that you won’t need any power tools to assemble your creation, I’m going to hazard a guess that all the required bolting might be a touch more enjoyable if you grab your trusty cordless impact driver and sockets.WikiHouse has been hammered (pardon the pun) by traffic, so while you wait for the site to return you can download Google Sketchup and the WikiHouse plug-in. That CNC machine will set you back a few thousand bucks, but why not split it with some friends? Once WikiHouse is rolling, you can take turns churning out sheds, pergolas, and garages with each other.More at WikiHouse (cached) and Treehuggerlast_img

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