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Kieran Sharp

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Can we design an affordable 3D printed self sufficient housing option?

I would like to propose that we bring together experts from around the world to help design and construct from recycled plastic and other waste, a sustainable high tech home downloaded from the Internet.

If we combine emerging technologies we could have high tech home's made cheaply, which could; house, feed, and sustain everyone on the planet, while freeing everyone from unnecessary labour and clearing up the mess we have created across the globe.

Combining technologies in to the design such as:

Aquaponics - green house and fish on your roof providing all food required. http://youtu.be/VBspR2p0YYM

Free energy tech - solar panels, windmill etc.

3D printing - gather waste plastic from the seas and landfills to create a home and all contents required downloaded from the Internet.

Wireless power - enable objects to power themselves on request and create a magnetic field in order to be levitated.

Micro computing - to enable the house to know where each object is in space and levitate to exact location.

Electro magnetism - wrap copper coils around desired objects and house to enable levitation of desired objects to specific location. http://www.leejinha.com/zeron

Waste management - extract and recycle water from human waste and use the solid remains as a heat fuel source. http://youtu.be/yW6-1SlvtN4

Recycle water supply - use lifesaver filter technology. http://youtu.be/rXepkIWPhFQ

Collect rain water and use solar heating technology. http://youtu.be/1B-RuZgSqf8 & http://youtu.be/uVCNrXp7S8Y

If we could design the "cell" (which would be completely self sufficient) to enable connection to other cells with ease we could design bigger community spaces as, where, and when required.

We could design the cells to have wheels, sail in the sea, fly, or even magnetically levitate and go in to space!

Imagine having everything you need and work for right now, created with ease for the rest of your life.

Can this happen? Or Am I just crazy?


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    Jun 22 2013: Awesome! :-) there are 7 billion of us and growing. All options should be considered. Some real questions need to be asked:

    What do you want?
    What do you need?

    Ask this question to 7 billion and you will find that we can't all live like this on one planet. We don't need one, but many different ideas. This is one, and it's a question to find a solution.

    For those who work 9-5, watch a lot of tv, and are starting to struggle under economic pressures would like n easy option to sustained living maybe this is an option.

    Is it practicable, is it possible?

    The natural way is good and I personally would love it. However this direction could clean up our waste at the same time create whatever anyone needs, without the need for government control. Simply grab a 3D printer (which doesn't seem to be ready for this application yet) download and create a self sufficient living cell, enabling humanity to work to live instead of live to work.

    One idea, bringing together a number of emerging technologies. How can we make it work, rather than how my idea might fail. Work it out.

    I appreciate your comment, and I encourage others to feel free to do the same.

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