Laser Cut Solar House

The European Solar Decathelon 2010 just concluded in Madrid, Spain this week.  The Solar Decathelon is sponsored by the US department of energy and “challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.”  Virginia Tech won the top prize this year, but the FabLab House entry from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia  (IAAC) has generated a lot of Internet buzz because of it’s unique layout and styling.  I was attracted to it for many reasons, but really got excited when I saw the laser they are used to build it.

image credit IAAC

 

image credit inhabitat.com

 Here is a “making of” video.

 

Now for the laser “pron”.

The laser pictured here is a MultiCam 2000.   It has a working area up to 168″ x 80″ and power up to 600watts.  It can cut and engrave at 1200 dpi.  They cut many of the parts off site using CNC.  They claim the pre-fab house can be built in 15 days.
My next laser project is definately going to be a gantry style laser like this with the tube mounted on the gantry.  I think it makes a lot of sense because it vastly simplifies the alignment because you remove one axis from the problem. 

image credit ponoko.com blog

 

image credit MultiCAM

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