3D printing has indeed revolutionized the print industry with its numerable applications and a bright future.
There have been recently many attempts at building 3D printed houses. However all of them were mere research projects and no actual habitable 3D printed homes have been built yet.
But it looks like that is about to change and Netherlands is going to be the first one to do so.
The Dutch city of Eindhoven is reportedly all set to build 3D-printed homes which will actually be habitable. The developers of the project hope this will help transform the construction industry.
Under the Project Milestone, five concrete houses will be created later this year. The project will be in collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology and various partners who will ensure the houses meet living standards and are occupied.
A spokesperson from the Eindhoven University of Technology said, “The project is the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D concrete printing. The houses will all be occupied [and] they will meet all modern comfort requirements.”
He went on to explain the efficiency of 3D printing, “3D printing of concrete is a potential game changer in the building industry. Besides the ability to construct almost any shape, it also enables architects to design very fine concrete structures. Another new possibility is to print all kinds, qualities and colors of concrete, all in a single product.”
The project will begin with parts being printed at the university. However the team hopes shift the entire operation to the construction site in efficient time. The group behind the latest construction project has also printed the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge, which is currently used by cyclists in the Dutch village of Gemert. According to the team, t the precise nature of 3D-printing means less building materials are wasted during the construction process, while also making it easier to customize houses to meet individual wishes.
Although the first house built through Project Milestone will be single storey, but the team hopes to build houses up to three storeys tall using the construction technique in the near future.
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