The 1st 3D Printed House
I feel that this accomplishment is the type to be marveled at today, but even moreso 10, 20 years from now.
That’s because I believe what Hedwig Heinsman of the firm behind the world’s first 3D printed house, Dus Architects, says at the end of this quote.
The building industry is one of the most polluting and inefficient industries out there. With 3D-printing, there is zero waste, reduced transportation costs, and everything can be melted down and recycled. This could revolutionise how we make our cities.
Imagine the environmental impact of using less time, materials, and waste to build let alone a building, but actual cities. I think we’re headed that direction as the rise of 3D printing is becoming more widely known and now utilized to a scale previously yet attained.
Dus Architects, in collaboration with another Dutch firm, Ultimaker, have developed the KamerMaker (translates to Room Maker), which is detailed in the video above. Essentially, the Room Maker is a giant 3D Printer that prints large portions of buildings, up to 2x2x3.5 meters high. These parts of the building are connected like puzzle pieces (or giant LEGOs if you’d like to imagine), which can then form one larger structure. You’re probably thinking how it is possible for a larger structure especially to be strong enough to withstand the outside environment. Well, they use a material made out of hotmelt, a bio-plastic mix composed of 75% plant oil. It is strong enough for this Dutch canal house — a symbolic first structure for 3D printing because of its openness — as The Guardian’s Wainwright eloquently puts, “a faceted plastic facade, scripted by computer software.”
Only a 3m-high, 180-kg sample corner is currently printed, with ongoing production in place. Over 2,000 people have already visited the site in Amsterdam as Dus Architects has made it open to the public to gauge reactions and ideas. Amongst those who have visited: Barack Obama. If it didn’t sound that serious before, now it does. And to me, it doesn’t need the President’s consignment to see how influential this canal house can be. I really believe that we’ll look back at the 3D Print Canal House in future architecture history courses as one of the buildings that propelled architects into the norm of design a generation or two from today. I can’t wait for an update and can’t wait for the next time I need a printer in Amsterdam.