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Amsterdam-based firm DUS Architects has recently completed a tiny guesthouse, which was printed rather than built. It is intended to be rented out on a short-term basis, is fully equipped with all modern conveniences and even features a small garden and an outdoor bathtub. The structure is called Urban Cabin, and was created using a special 3D printing technology developed by the firm that built it.

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Urban Cabin has a footprint of 86 sq ft (8 sq m), which is quite modest. The interior has enough space for a sofa that pulls out into a bed. The living space extends out onto the porch, which effectively blends the indoor and outdoors spaces.

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The home was built to test out the 3D printing technology, and to show that 3D printing is a viable way of constructing tiny homes. The firm plans to continue using the tech to build sustainable, on-demand and fully customizable tiny dwellings, which do have the potential of becoming quite popular, especially given the speed at which they can be built.

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The process of building the cabin began with the printing of the necessary components out of bio-plastic, which took about four weeks. Next these pieces were assembled into a house using several joining techniques, such as click-connections and glue. This method lends itself well to creating various different styles of façade ornaments, while also enabling innovative ways of insulating the home. The bio-plastic they use is also fully recyclable, meaning that once the structure built using it has reached the end of its lifespan, it can be shredded and reused to build a new one. The cabin is also wired for electricity.

They began building the cabin last year, and it is currently located near a canal in Amsterdam. It is already available for renting through DUS Architects.