An architecture firm, DUS Architects, in Amsterdam have built the world’s first 3D printed house. Construction began in March this year and is a part of a three year research project conducted by DUS using only sustainable resources, to not only build an onsite model with built in furniture but also testing to reduce construction waste.
The house known as the “3D Print Canal House” is partially completed and is currently open to the public as an exhibition where for a small entry fee visitors can interact and actually see the printing in action. The printer used, “KramerMaker” is built out of a shipping container and takes about a week to print a 10 foot wall.
To date DUS has been using bio-plastics to manufacture their printed house, although they are considering alternatives like wood and natural stone waste, which like the bio-plastic, can be melted and reused as necessary.
On a less sustainable note, a Chinese company, YingChuang New Materials Inc. printed ten concrete houses in less than 24 hours earlier this month in Shanghai. The houses are printed one wall at a time and then fixed together on site, coming in at less than $5,000 a house.
It’s more than likely that with time other companies will follow suit and 3D printing will continue to be used within construction.
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