It is expected that in the future houses will be built with the help of a 3D printer. Southern Californian company Contour Crafting has already been working on a way to build concrete buildings with a 3D printer, but the company has now found a fellow thinker in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. DUS Architects is working on building a 3D printed canal house, which will be opened to the public by March 1.
The project is called 3D Print Canal House and the home will be 3D printed room by room, using a 20-foot-tall 3D printer, called KamerPrinter (translation: room printer). DUS Architects has started using the construction expo at Januari 10, and they have already created items such as a giant bench. By March 1, visitors can also make a visit to the 3D printing construction site during weekdays. The money the company earns from tickets will be used for the project, which somehow turns it into a crowd funding project where Amsterdam citizens altogether pay for a new building in their city.
The canal house will be built in North Amsterdam, close to the Central Station. For this project the team works with plastics, which is a big difference compared to Contour Crafting, which solely works with concrete. The plastics will be extruded layer-by-layer, after which it dries and a new material structure will be made. The rooms will be printed in parts, which will be piled up in order to create the final version of a room. Even though 3D printing is still way too slow to be fully used in the field of construction, projects like 3D Print Canal House point out that significant steps are made.
Credits image/ video: DUS Architects/ 3D Print Canal House.