One of the first 3D printed housing projects could soon be finished in the Netherlands. This could pave the path for the first 3D printed concrete curved walls or vaulted ceilings.
An organisation in Belgium plans to let anyone interested try out what they claim to be the largest 3D concrete printer in the world. By doing this, they hope to accelerate the use of 3D printing in the construction industry.
Construction and manufacturing industries could be one step closer to the sustainable future thanks to 3D printing. By implementing this new technology, buildings could be constructed faster, cheaper and with much less waste. Furthermore, the CO2 emissions could be lowered, and those structures could be more energy efficient thanks to features like high thermal mass and continuous thermal envelope.
The giant 3D printer is offered to researchers and companies by Kamp C. They are dedicated to innovation and driving sustainability in the construction industry. Their latest project is a two-storey house that is going to be completely 3D printed. They aim to show the whole world what can be done after just five years of research.
Kai van Bulck, project manager at Kamp C and a representative of C3PO-project organisation, said that the 3D printing in construction is slowly gaining momentum, even though it is still in early stages of development. He said that they expect that the construction industry will start using the new technology as soon as they demonstrate the efficiency gains of components that can be 3D printed.
Van Buick finds that the concrete printer can offer a lot of value, especially for complex construction components. He believes that elements like curved walls or vaulted ceilings that are still produced on site could be created off-site in the future, all thanks to the new printer.
The first ever commercial 3D-printed housing project will soon start with construction in Eindhoven, Netherlands. According to reports, first homes will be ready for residents in the middle of this year. This project is a result of a partnership between the city of Eindhoven, the Eindhoven University of Technology, engineering firm Witteveen+Bos, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and real estate manager Vesteda.
In 2018, ICON construction technologies company teamed up with a not-for-profit New Story to 3D-print a home in Austin, Texas. The total cost of constructing the house was US$12,697. The idea of this collaboration is to start mass-production of these homes to provide affordable housing solutions.