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3D printing is revolutionizing housing

3D printing is an emerging technology that is becoming a crucial part of practically all the industries: aerospace, medicine, education, civil work and more. Housing is fast becoming an application area leveraging the 3D-printing capabilities. A number of companies are using 3D printing to make homes: PassivDom from Ukraine, Apis Cor, Dur Architects from Amsterdam and Branch Technology from Chattanooga, Tenn.

PassivDom uses a 3D-printing robot to print different parts of a small house such as walls, roof and floor. The robot is capable of printing the parts of a 380-square-feet model in about eight hours. A human worker then works to add the windows, doors, electrical systems and plumbing.

Homes made using this process are solar powered and have their own electrical, plumbing and sewerage system, thereby making them autonomous and mobile. Solar energy powers the electrical systems, while water is drawn from the humidity in the air and purified. You can also pour water yourself in the system. The sewerage system of the building is also independent. You can order a PassivDom house online and it costs a shade under $32,000.

The process

PassivDom employs a three-step process to make a home using the 3D-printing technique. First, the team maps out the plan for the building. In the second step, in PassivDom factories in Ukraine and California, a large seven-axle robot prints the roof, floor and walls as per the layout. The printer utilizes carbon fibers, basalt fibers, resins, polyurethane and fiberglass to make these structures. The final step involves manually adding windows, doors, electrical systems, plumbing and sewage systems.

Make nature your home

This provides an exciting opportunity to people. You can now choose the location of their home: closer to nature and away from the busy city life. Thanks to 3D printing, traditional living is now affordable and efficient anywhere.

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Do you prefer AC power or DC power for your data center? Why?
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DC power and oil cooling!
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used to work in the Teclo industry and DC does save money when the infrastructure is designed for it form the ground up
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Most Data Centers out there are equipped to use both AC and DC. For efficient and performance related to development and high current requirements. I would have to go with high voltage AC. (208 or 240).
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should not start the "war of currents" again
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The problem with DC will be the voltage drop over a large datacentre. This will be reflected in much higher costs in larger cables.
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AC Power allows one to sit and wallow and experience burn outs of infrastructure ! DC when governed correctly can be used with Green Energy so easily. So taking into consideration that all E energy enters into a data centre through a controlled interface why the need for regulators. If we were smart enough to realise that DC is a by product of PV cells we would know that feeding them into a battery grid which is actually illegal in the UK due £'s not being shared ! So understanding that a greener way is being actively rejected ! Houston we have a problem !
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It makes sense to use DC power distribution downstream of UPS for data racks. DC power MV or low voltage distribution is more expensive. Moreover, cooling uses AC induction motors.
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House Hold DC generation would help us become independent of greedy AC generator businesses in Africa! These guys rip us of the biggest part of the very little we can get hold of!
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Although not yet implemented in the mainstream, many will look back on 2012 as a watershed year for new power distribution architectures for data centers. Just weeks ago, the EMerge Alliance, an industry funded, non-profit, open standards group, issued the world's first applications standard for using higher voltage dc power in the core of data center power distribution. While some debate the potential energy savings dc power can yield, early adopters like Green-ch. will help many to realize the magnatude of TCO savings and overall operations improvements that can be genrated by a move to higher voltage dc. The simplification of the power systems can yeild significant lowering of both CAPEX and OPEX (15% or more) while boosting overall reliability in power distribution and back-up along with modest (10% or more) energy savings. Note that lower CAPEX cost comes as a result of using less, not lower priced, equipment. In the future, at equivilent volumes (and yes, that day will come) simplier dc equipment should also be less expensive.

2013 will see the development of a robust eco-system of OEMs bringing to market a variety of competitively priced dc devices and equipment that will fuel a sustained trend to dc power in data centers, from small to mega size. It will likely effect colo's the quickest as that segment sees the fastest growth and can implement change in a modular fashion, something that dc power architecture is best suited to do.

By the end of 2013, many will be asking the question, "why didn't this happen sooner, it just makes sense," or dollars as the case may be. Learn more at EMergeAlliance.net
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Edsion had in right all along
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AC power is more suited as it is the common way of generating distributing and consuming Electricity
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DC is not a solution and in fact it doesn't give savings in electricity costs. DC bus won't give already proper voltages to IT equipment. We need sevaral voltages DC inside IT equipment. It means that conversion DC/DC will be proceeded inside the IT equipment. Totally the result can be oposite - more losses. Sending power in low DC voltages (lets say 48VDC) will cause more losses on its supply way.
I really don't understand this enthusiasm about DC voltage i DATA CENTER.
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So, if you can't do a full swap / new data centre, like a new cloud data centre mentioned in the article, then how do you phase this in? Plus the costs are prohibitive at this point for the smaller guys. The decision will have to be made at the larger corporate level so as to reduce cost long term... but if that is the case, what about the thousands of distributed desktops? DC=DC, PC=AC? Ooops, I plugged in the AC workstation on the DC server repair bench when I went to do a repair!!
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When power that is DC and is cheap and very local, look out AC
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