That 3D printing buildings is going to be a fact in the near future is no news but now this phenomenon is really taking shape.
Contour Crafting (the term of 3D printing buildings) follows the same principle as your “average” 3D printer, the layer by layer technique. So far a couple of companies have researched this successfully. Prototypes of concrete builders are now able to stack fast-drying concrete and form dynamic shapes. Even a life-sized wall can be printed. We can call this trial the first generation of actual house printers.
The 3D Contour Crafter
Now, Sebastian Bertram has designed a concept called the 3D Contour Crafter. This enormous printer might well be the link to actual printing of houses. The project is called “One house a day” which sounds pretty ambitious but at the same time pretty awesome!
Take a look at the next animation explaining the possible impact of such a printer.
Combining industrial production with this rapid prototyping technique could potentially revolutionize urban construction methods. The fast pace and uniform nature of this kind of building would speed up the construction process to an unprecedented rate, enabling builders to keep up with the demand for fast-growing urban areas.
What might even be the best feature of it all is the reduction of material-waste to a near zero. Whereas conventional building methods deliver loads of waste by carrying the philosophy of subtracting materials, 3D printing uses growth as a philosophy where there is no need for loosing material at all. Therefore minimizing environmental impact.