Habitat for Humanity understands the concept. So do weekend warriors and faithful DIY-ers: The value of a do-it-yourself construction project lies not only in its affordability, but also in its community focus and the pride that comes from creating something by hand, from scratch. Clemson University is taking the concept of DIY construction to the next level with a newly patented 3D building technology, developed by faculty and students at this R1 Research University and land-grant institution. Called Sim[PLY], the building system blends technological advancements with DIY sensibilities. And by finding better ways to build, Clemson also is leading the way in everything from affordable housing to disaster relief shelters, pop-up health care facilities and more. The first question Clemson professors and their students asked was simple – and just as important, scalable: How can technology be used to make the building process more affordable and more collaborative? “The more automated we become as a society, the fewer connections we have with people, hard work and hands-on applications,” said associate architecture professor Dan Harding, a key member of the Sim[PLY] team. “Our work...