Remember DUS Architect’s 3D Print Canal House, which is located in Dutch capital Amsterdam? Architects aim to 3D print an entire canal house, a typically Amsterdam-ish kind of housing, and it has to be ready in a couple of years. However, a couple of years is a long time. So in case you cannot wait to see the final version of the house, we can now announce a miniature version has been made by people linked to Amsterdam-based company 3D Hubs.
There is quite a 3D printing scene going on in Amsterdam. During the start of the year, MELT Icepops made the news with their 3D printed ice creams and last year even an entire miniature version of a city was 3D printed. Back to 2014, then: a couple of months ago, Amsterdam-based 3D jewelry start-up Zazzy and Dutch department store Hema made the international news with a collaboration to sell 3D printed jewelry. This company Zazzy is sharing an office with 3D Hubs, which now works together with DUS Architects to provide for a miniature version of the 3D Print Canal House. In other words: it’s hard to keep up with all the 3D printing developments in Amsterdam nowadays.
But let’s give it a try, as earlier today 3D Hubs wrote an interesting blog piece about a collaboration with DUS Architects. 3D Hubs is a company which has set up an international network of 3D printers and the people owning them (of course), and they have a lot of connections in the United States. Today, they wrote the following sentence on their Facebook page: “Together with DUS Architects and 11 of our NY Hubs we went on a crazy adventure to 3D Print Canal Houses.” It was accompanied by this blog article.
In this blog piece they wrote 3D Hubs communities 3D printed the 220 orange blocks needed to build the world’s first miniature 3D Print Canal House. They added that each of the blocks represents a full build for a 3D printer platform. The large shape of the buildings made them big enough for kids to play in. However, the 3D Hubs team pointed at the fact that this collection of miniatures isn’t “just some tourist-trap or gimmick.”
So – what is it, then? Kind of a sneak preview of the actual 3D Print Canal House, really. The team states it links history with future innovations and researches how 3D printing techniques can offer solutions to housing questions worldwide. In the blog post, Martine de Wit, partner at DUS Architects adds: “3D printing can have huge implications for the way products are fabricated.” It’s also the first time one of the designs of DUS Architects has been entirely digitally fabricated by a large community of makers without the physical presence of the architects team.
Credits images: 3D Hubs.