3D printing a house in Amsterdam

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Atmel | Bits & Pieces

Dutch design firm Dus Architects recently announced plans to 3D print a canal house in Amsterdam.

As SingularityHub’s Jason Dorrier reports, the house won’t be printed in a single piece, but rather, room by room over the course of three years.

“Each of the house’s 13 rooms will be printed separately and assembled on site,” writes Dorrier. “The 3D printing process will combine the traditionally separate elements of inner and outer façade, ornamentation and structure. The printer will leave space for key infrastructural elements like pipes and wiring. Concrete will provide insulation and structural support.”

Dus Architects have already printed a three-meter high, 180 kilogram piece of the house using bio-plastic made of plant oils and microfibers. At this stage, say the engineers, the project is an experiment to determine what methods and materials work best.

“With 3D-printing, there is zero waste, reduced transportation costs,” Hedwig Heinsman of Dus told SingularityHub

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