ConstructionPro Week, Volume: 5 - Issue: 22 - 06/03/2016

SketchUp Your Next Home

That sums up the idea behind WikiHouse, an open-source construction system. According to architect and founder Alestair Parvin, the concept behind the approach is that 3D models can be downloaded from a freely shared library and adapted in SketchUp for users to create their own custom homes. Once designed, the files are sent out to have the various components 3D printed or fabricated on CNC machines. The finished components are then delivered to the user with assembly instructions and sometimes custom tools — effectively to assemble as a large IKEA kit. The key value proposition here is that the library will grow and evolve with crowd-sourced design input as people use and refine the models. In Parvin’s words, “design by everyone.” Visit the TED site to watch the talk or read the transcript.



That sound all good until the building officials get involved. "Where is the testing on the product? How do we know what materials were used in the making of the ____. What is the smoke density and fire rating of ____."

Then without any manufacturing or construction jobs needed to put the kits together, 30-45% of the economy will be sitting at home on the couch; see how far the idea gets down the road.
Posted by: CHRIS DAVIS - Friday, June 03, 2016 9:17 AM


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