From life-saving implants to cars and furniture, it seems that the capabilities of 3D printing are constantly expanding. Now work on a full-scale house has begun in Amsterdam, an ambitious proof-of-concept project that is expected to take three years to complete.
Dus Architects is the firm behind the building project, which uses an industrial-scale KamerMaker (Room Builder) 3D printer to produce plastic parts that are then locked together to form walls, floors and furniture. Eventually, the house will have 13 separate rooms, with lightweight concrete used to provide structural support and insulation.
“We’re still perfecting the technology,” Dus Architect’s Hedwig Heinsman told the Guardian. “We will continue to test over the next three years, as the technology evolves… It’s an experiment. We called it the Room Maker, but it’s also a conversation maker.” President Obama was shown some of the prototype designs during his visit to the Netherlands last week. … (Read more)