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(Times Live South Africa)   How to build a home - 1. Print blueprints. 2. Print house. 3. Profit   (timeslive.co.za) divider line 51
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2013-01-26 09:47:57 AM

NiteGuy: Alonjar: NiteGuy: Sounds cool, but what is the cost compared to a traditional stick-built home of the same design?

Certainly cheaper if you truly mean "same design". The trick here is that you want to use this type of service if you're building a home with a lot of custom intricate architecture... not your typical box house.

But if the CNC process is cheaper, we could use this to really build affordable housing, or put up a Habitat for Humanity home in a lot less time as well.


The difference is that affordable housing-type buildings are usually built on standardized measurements. For instance, the substrate to the living room floor is exactly two sheets of 8 x 4 plywood, or the walls are 8' feet high, and all the windows are the same size, shape, and height off the floor. It sounds like the CNC process here is really only cheaper when there is a lot of variation in the structure- where a great deal of the shapes are not based on the standardized sizes of construction materials.
 
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