We would all love to own our own private castle, but unfortunately that’s really something for the happy few. If you, however, are searching for a budget way to become a castle owner, then 3D printing technology could do a great job for you. Andrey Rudenko, a 30-year-old man from Minnesota used the technique to create a children’s playhouse castle.
Despite his background in engineering and architecture, Rudenko said he experienced some difficulties during the process, as he explains: “printing the castle turrets by themselves was a bad idea as they were extremely difficult to lift and place.”
There are more parties working on 3D printed housing projects, such as WinSun from China. This company used waste to create cheap 3D printed houses. The team only needed 24 hours to make it happen, which was kind of a happening earlier this year. Rudenko told 3DPrint.com in April that it is not his goal to quickly create cheap houses, but that he really wanted to turn his project into a ‘quality thing’:
“A cheap house built in 24 hours is not my goal. My current focus is building well-insulated small or medium-sized homes of a contemporary design, definitely onsite. As an experienced builder, I know that to avoid problems in the future, it is more important to produce homes of a good quality, which may take longer to build than cheaper homes made quickly. It would be more beneficial to print a complete home, including the foundation for the staircase, fireplace, certain furniture (kitchen island etc), columns, interior walls, and any wiring or plumbing that would fit inside the printed walls.”
Using a RepRap-based printer, he now aims to 3D print an entire living house as his next project and he says he is searching for people who would like to live in such a 3D printed house, as he tells:
“I am open to offers from individuals or companies interested in owning the first house of this type built with the newest 3D printing technology and ready to provide abundant funds to completely cover the project and all its expenses.”
Here is a video of his 3D printing project. As you can see, the 3D printer builds his castle layer-by-layer. Would you go for a 3D printed house to live in?
Image credits: Andrey Rudenko.