Architects in Amsterdam looking to construct a 3D printed house

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3D printing has come a long way from various medical to (very cool) everyday applications, and now work has begun on a full-scale 3D printed house in Amsterdam as a proof-of-concept project by Dus Architects.

The folks at Dus are using the industrial scale KamerMaker (Room Builder) 3D printer to produce plastic parts that will be fitted and locked together to form walls, floors and even furniture. If finished, the house will have 13 rooms and will be held together by lightweight concrete.

“We’re still perfecting the technology,” Dus Architect’s Hedwig Heinsman said to the Guardian. “We will continue to test over the next three years, as the technology evolves… It’s an experiment. We called it the Room Maker, but it’s also a conversation maker.”

Heinsman is not wrong about the last part, as the prototype designs were shown to President Obama during his visit to the Netherlands last week.

If the proof-of-concept project sees it through, it can change the way we construct buildings completely and dramatically reduce construction costs.

Heinsman said “This is only the beginning, but there could be endless possibilities, from printing functional solutions locally in slums and disaster areas, to high-end hotel rooms that are individually customized and printed in marble dust.”

Source: Digital Trends

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