16 May 2012

With WikiHouse You Can Design, Print, And Build Your Own House

Some young designers from London have come up with a concept called WikiHouse, an open source construction solution that intends to aid everyone by letting them download and construct inexpensive residences. The co-founder of WikiHouse, Nick Ierodiaconou, believes that this could be a beginning of a new industrial revolution, as anyone and everyone could be a designer.
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The system involves applying plywood fins that link together forming a sturdy structure. Employing a Google Sketchup plugin, users enter the WikiHouse open source website, draft a composition and download the template that can be 'printed' with the help of a CNC milling machine. After the fins are printed or cut out, the structure is then assembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. No power tools come to the fore, as the users just lay out the parts for each section prior to locking together the layers to form separate sections. Primary connectors are then inserted between the sections to develop stability. All this requires just wooden pegs and mallet. As soon as the secondary connectors are set, the external cladding panels are screwed accordingly. Now all that's left to be done is insulation, cladding, sealing and wiring.

Although the WikiHouse system is still in the developing stage, further developments are being considered to make use of such structures in the disaster-prone areas like Japan. The website puts forward some simple structure solutions, and welcomes associates eager to share open source solutions in the public platform.

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