Printing a Bridge to the 22nd Century

The End of Government as We Know It

What will atomic-level 3D printing mean?

The end of poverty
The creation of abundance & utopia
The end of crime through the removal of greed
End of financial and resource driven wars
The end of money as we know it
The end of energy problems throughout the world
The end of government as we know it


Printed steel bridge in progress . . . Notice that the bridge is capable of supporting the printer that is building it.

The technology behind the bridge
MX3D equips multi-axis industrial robots with 3D printing tools and develops software so that the robots print metals, plastics and combinations of materials in virtually any format. From large construction to small part – with this technique MX3D can 3D print strong, complex structures of durable material. The new technique is cost-effective and scalable, more than current 3D printing methods, and offers creative robot production solutions for art, construction and more. __

Recently, 10 houses were printed in China in one day, at a cost of about $5000 each. Row-boats and kayaks are being printed, and before long printed house-boats and full-sized yachts will be taking to the water.

In China, a company named Winsun this year said it built 10 3D printed houses in just one day. The reported cost for each: just $5,000.

In Amsterdam, a team of architects has started construction of the 3D Print Canal House, using bio-based, renewable materials. The site is both construction site and public museum; President Obama was among the visitors this year. Hedwig Heinsman, co-founder of DUS architects, the team behind the project, tells Business Insider that in addition to being ec0-friendly, “The main goal, I think, is really to deliver custom-made architecture.”

3D printers build structures layer by layer. But at USC in California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis is pushing the fabrication process one step further with what he calls “contour crafting.” He hopes to develop a gigantic 3D printer, able to print whole house in a single run, from its structure to its electrical and plumbing conduits. __

It takes Local Motors about 44 hours to print an automobile’s body frame and interior, but they hope to get the time down to 24 hours by the end of the year. It is meant to be a “neighborhood electric vehicle.”

3D printing is used to print parts for normal automobiles, for race cars, for Airbuses, and for military fighter aircraft. The European Space Agency has successfully printed a platinum alloy rocket combustion chambre!

The main limitation when it comes to printing useful objects is the imagination of the engineers and technicians who design the printers, the printing heads, printing “inks”, and sequence of construction.

This is not the molecular assembly that Eric Drexler has been promising. But is is an increasingly clever and resourceful alternative to conventional methods of building dwellings, conveyances, machines, and crucial components of machines, dwellings, and conveyances.

When “nano-replicators” do become available to ordinary middle class workers, they may just change the world.

“Change the world”, might be a bit of an understatement. If successful, a nano-replicator would mean that any free man, woman, or child would have the ability to 3D print anything from a turkey sandwich to a human eye ball, using the smallest constituent unit of matter, the atom as the building blocks. With every solid, liquid, gas and plasma in the universe made up of atoms, virtually anything could be printed on a machine of this caliber. The only obstacle that remains in our way — albeit a huge one — is the technology that will allow this to move forward. Is it even possible to create a nano-replicator? Some would say it is not. However, the goal of this organization is to bring a 3D printer capable of these amazing things into existence by the year 2030.


Just a few of the things that will soon be routinely printed.

Siemens Launches New 3-D Printing Program to develop better industrial-scale metal printers, better printing software, and more.

General Electric is rumoured to be negotiating to buy an important 3-D printing enterprise

With GE Aviation alone predicting that they will 3D print over 100,000 parts by 2020, it would be quite a stretch to suggest that the company has not at least considered acquiring a 3D printer manufacturer.

The big boys of industry appear to be ready to jump into advanced 3-D printing in a very big way. This sector is no longer just for printing novelty artwork. Things are beginning to look very serious.

Whether or not atomic and molecular-level 3-D printing will be available in the next 15 years, the trend is clear. When ordinary consumers can buy a machine capable of making most of the consumer products they are likely to need — houses and outbuildings, machines and appliances for home and garden, clothing, weapons, landscaping objects, automobiles, motorcyles, boats, submarines, lake docks — even private aircraft — our modern world of monster shopping malls and supermarkets, with monster parking lots, is likely to change.

Think about it. What is described above is only a tiny sliver of the possibilities that are likely to come, assuming the shifty-eyed mafia tsar of the rogue state Russia does not pull the trigger on a nuclear holocaust.

More: Hybrid 3-D printer and milling machine . . . it needs more metal functionality, but it is getting there.

Perfecting the art of printing aircraft and spacecraft

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8 Responses to Printing a Bridge to the 22nd Century

  1. bob sykes says:

    Ah, the nuclear holocaust lurking in the shadows. And we keep pushing, pushing, pushing, poking the bear in his den.

    • alfin2101 says:

      Up until now the west has treated Putin with kid gloves. Should the fatal strike on Putin occur, it will likely come from within his own inner circle. Best to let Russia herself deal with the post-Putin aftermath.

      • bob sykes says:

        You’ve got it exactly backwards. The US/NATO/EU is the aggressor. It is precisely this delusion that raises the potential for a nuclear war in Europe to a very high level, the highest since the Cuban missile crisis.

        • alfin2101 says:

          Interesting. That is exactly the line that Kremlin troll factories are pushing. By that logic, Denmark, Norway, Poland, and Czechoslovakia forced Hitler to invade their countries, and Jews were responsible for the holocaust.

          Putin is so misunderstood. 😉

          More: Putin in his bubble

  2. Jim says:

    So what happens when technology advances to the point that nuclear bombs can be manufactured by almost any group at a negligible cost?

    • alfin2101 says:

      Nuclear bombs tend to be “overkill” and are not good weapons to achieve most rational goals. Much better weapons will be devised for the particular circumstances that are likely to take place in the coming transition.

      If tactical nukes ever become as widespread as Kalishnikovs or RPGs, expect a significant nuclear fallout over tribal areas of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. If enough of the rest of the world has a good enough view of that tribal holocaust, they may decide to settle their differences in other ways.

      But you may be looking at the question all wrong. By isolating one possible development out of the overall anarchic flow of material and economic change, one risks focusing on a single thread that can easily lose relevance in the overall tapestry.

  3. Abelard Lindsey says:

    Its clear that technology is enabling the small to have the same capabilities that was formerly reserved for the big. This has implications for the current prominent ideologies in the U.S. The liberal-left, of course, has become as ideologically rigid and obsessed with control as any McCarthy-era conservative. Of course this ideology will not be long for the world. However, many conservatives seem to pine for the “one future” as well, where everyone believes and lives by the same set of values and world-views. The radical decentralization of technology suggests the increasing implausibility of this scenario. Instead of obsessing over the private acts of those who do not share their world-view, might it be more fruitful for such conservatives to focus on using such decentralized technology to create their own societies such that they can live independent of those who do not share their world-view?

    • alfin2101 says:

      Right. The abundant empowering future is in a race against the green multicultural dysgenic Idiocracy. Governments, media, academia, and popular culture all seem to be cheering on the dysgenic Idiocracy. Mass populations who are beggars are easier for the controlling classes to please and control.

      Populations of strong, self-sufficient, bright, inventive and competent human beings are a different matter. The mass handlers of the consensual delusion fear the development of such populations.

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