3D technology being developed to print houses

The architect is Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Universe Architecture in Holland, and his project is a part of the Europan competition, which lets architects in 15 different countries build projects over the course of two years.

Ruijssenaars will work with Italian inventor Enrico Dini, founder of the D-Shape 3D printer. The plan is to print out 6×9 chunks of frame, comprised of sand and inorganic binder. From there, they’ll fill the frame with fibre-reinforced concrete. The technology is described as stereolithography.

The final product for the competition will be a single flowing design, a two-story building.

The pair are not alone in looking at ways to print houses, Research Labs at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US are also working on ways to 3D print the frame of a home in a day, as opposed to the month it would take a construction crew to do the same.

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