World’s First 3D-Printed House is Being Built In Amsterdam

by , 07/21/14

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One aspect of construction they’re testing is the ability to reduce waste. The bio-plastic is based on rapeseeds, and if the manufactured piece is slightly out of spec, it can be ground up and reused. Also, because the pieces are all made on site, there’s less trial and error, and therefore fewer resources are wasted.

Some think the on-site model will increase construction time but that’s all part of the experiment. The architectural firm is even thinking of other material possibilities, like a wood-based liquid that hardens into something like MDF, or biodegradable products that could be used for temporary structures, then melted back into the earth after a season.

DUS Architects, 3D printed house, 3D printing, KamerMaker, Kamermaker, Dutch, Netherlands, 3D house, bioplastic, canal house, 3D canal house

At the canal house, pieces ranging from around ten feet tall (which take a week to print) to room components with built-in furniture will be fitted together and filled with insulating concrete, creating not only a new building, but also the opportunity to learn how these revolutionary techniques can be best used on the building sites of tomorrow.

A couple of decades ago, the very idea of robo-printing a house, or 3D-printed anything would have been considered science fiction; existing only in a Star Trek universe or similar. In just a few short years, the 3D printing industry has grown by leaps and bounds, and we’re currently seeing everything from 3D-printed food to prosthetic limbs, furniture items, and now even full-scale buildings. How has 3D printing impacted your own life? Please let us know in the comments section below!

+ DUS Architects and their 3D-Printed Canal House


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  1. Ben Kaldorei January 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Does anyone know how far they are / they’ve gotten so far with this right now / anno now? :-)

  2. Peter Brooks June 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    here it is folks in practical detail.

  3. LeDutch June 20, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I suggest we all look at both the following videos and consider :

  4. pjavsicas June 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    This is just the beginning. A combination of nanotechnology and microbial mechanisms together with 3D printing will make all construction a computer-based process: feed in a program and a bridge will build itself out of optimum materials. This will happen if we survive climate change and other human caused catastrophes.

  5. adamrsweet June 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Wrong. Several were built in China already. Do your research before making statements like that!

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