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New tech could change how we build houses

My neighbour Ian is a proper technophile. Whenever there’s a new product on the market, he’s the first one to get his hands on it. Each item’s arrival is announced with a knock on my door as he will be bursting to show off his new toy – and I’ll appreciate it, whatever it is.

One of his favourites to date has been a 3D printer, a miracle of modern engineering. It’s truly impressive tech, but there’s not a huge amount you can do with it. Ian did manage to make a replacement widget for me when my showerhead holder snapped off. The main limitation with the device, however, is the size of the printer itself; you can only make small stuff out of plastic. But I wonder what you could do with something much bigger – build a house perhaps?

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In the May edition of Build It magazine, you'll find a wealth of inspiration and advice for your self-build, renovation or extension project, including: - Cover house: A traditional-style new home on a garden plot (p20) - Kitchen design ideas (p72) - Does solar battery storage make sense? (p74) - Driveway design ideas (p80) - Complete guide to loft conversions (p 84) - Modern glazed extensions (p98) - How to keep your project on budget (p110)
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