Skip to comments.Dutch city to unveil world's first 3D-printed housing complex
Posted on 07/12/2018 12:01:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The southern Dutch city of Eindhoven plans to unveil the world's first 3D-printed housing complex next year, which its inventors believe could revolutionise the building industry by speeding up and customising construction.
Printed in concrete by a robotic arm, the project backed by the city council, Eindhoven Technical University and several construction companies aims to see its first three-bedroomed home go up by June 2019.
Known as Project Milestone, a housing complex of five homes of various shapes and sizes will be built over the next three to five years, financed by private investors, said Rudy van Gurp, one of the project's managers.
"This is just the beginning. It's revolutionary technology and a new way of building that will develop over time," he told AFP on Thursday.
One of the great advantages of 3D-printing is that the pod-like homes can be completely customised -- and even built around natural objects, said Van Gurp.
"Everything is possible, we can exactly fit the design to the area. We are guests in nature," he told AFP.
Apart from speeding up the building process -- from months to weeks -- 3D-printing also solves another pressing issue: the scarcity of skilled artisans in the Netherlands, which drives up prices.
"In a few years we will not have enough craftsmen like masons for example. By introducing robotisation into the construction industry we can make homes more affordable in the future," said Van Gurp.
Currently the technique is still more expensive than traditional methods, prices are set to come down as 3D technology improved, he added.
Hundreds of potential tenants have already expressed interest in the housing project, with monthly rental set to be between 900 to 1,200 euros ($1,053 to $1,400).
Using 3D-printing "people have more influence on the design of their house....
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Good to see the Turks have taken Eindhoven.
My cousins who fought in the Bulge will be gratified to hear that’s what they died for.
I can tell you from trying to get plans approved at my local planning office that if it isn’t in the manual already, you won’t get a permit. There have been wonderful building materials and techniques proposed since the 1940’s. I couldn’t use any of them to build with today. They simply aren’t allowed.
Wasn’t Eindhoven Operation Market Garden too?
Progress isn’t acceptable to the dinosaur bureaucrat.
These articles rarely make clear what part os 3D and what part isn’t. The French home shown on this site a few days ago clearly had regular wooden joists on top. Electric? Plumbing? Sewer? Fou8ndation? I like the idea of 3D printed homes, but I want more than a fairy tale about a printer spitting out a ready to move in home. The stories read more like press releases.
Trivia: In Operation Market-Garden (”A Bridge Too Far”) the 101st Airborne dropped and fought around Eindoven.
It seems to me that the limiting case of 3-d printing is just robotic brick masons, and robotic carpenters printing in brick, mortar, and lumber.
In this case they used poured liquid cement.
Yeah. Along with the Arnhem Bridge.
I noticed the article didn’t bother to print pictures and showcase how beautiful these homes are...
Yes, that seems to be the standard approach - print with liquid. I wonder, tho, why it would not be equally possible to print with bricks as well as liquid. And, extending the concept, why printing with lumber is not also practical. It would entail cutting boards to the required length and glueing them into place. In the latter case especially, you would be using carpentry tools - saw, possibly hammer and nail - operating robotically as the print head.
I am arguing for automation of much more conventional construction.
Actually they could break down wood into filament like plastic and build it that way.
Watch out for those floor-to-ceiling settlement cracks.
I saw pix elsewhere. There is a robot that methodically squirts out layers of white stuff that looks like canned whipped cream or blow-in insulation around the perimeter of what looked like a poured concrete pad, building up the walls out of puffy sprayed plastic. What they do to clad it inside or out, I don't know.
Yeah, they could - and if they did, they could make I-beam shaped beams while they were at it.
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