Big Delta is a 3D printer created by the Italian engineering company WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) and what sets it apart from other printers is itâ€™s sheer size. Itâ€™s 40 feet (12 m) tall and was created with the purpose of rapidly building nearly free housing using local naturally occurring materials. […]
The 3D printing of concrete structures has been around for a while now, but itâ€™s still not come very far in development, considering it is quite an ingenious and sustainable building alternative. However, engineer Lewis Yakich, has recently successfully printed a hotel suite in the Philippines. […]
The 3D printing of homes and other buildings definitely has a place in the future of architecture as soon as the technology is scaled up to be able to produce large structures. We might be one step closer to that with the powder-based cement method of 3D printing, which was developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, headed by Associate Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael.
Printing homes rather than building them still seems like something out of a science fiction novel, but it might soon become reality. Earlier this year, a Chinese company successfully printed 10 houses in a single day, and now the UK-based Loughborough University signed a deal with the construction company Skanska and architecture firm Foster + Partners, agreeing to help develop and commercialize 3D concrete printing. In other words, your dream home could simply be printed out in a few years.
The technology for the 3D printing of homes is still in its infancy, but the idea has great potential in this world where population is growing, and adequate and sustainable housing is just not keeping up. Wasp is an Italian firm that recently developed a 3D printer that can create affordable homes using mud as the main ingredient. Given the freely available and nearly limitless nature of mud, such a tech shows great promise.
Building homes using 3D printing technology is still a new idea, but one day it could well become one of the top construction solutions. Especially if the technology keeps developing at such a fast pace. The most recent successfully completed 3D printing project is a small concrete castle created by US-based Andrey Rudenko. He built the intricate structure in his backyard by using a large 3D printer that he made himself. His next project is printing a whole house.