Using 3D printers to construct concrete houses is eco-friendly and very efficient, so itâ€™s a real shame it is not yet used more widely. However, there are a few people making real breakthroughs in this field. One such is Nikita Chen-yun-tai, an engineer from Russia, who has recently built a 3D printer called Apis-Cor. […]
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.
In January 2015, the Finnish VTT Technical Centre introduced decorative organic photovoltaic cells (OPV), which can be inexpensively mass-produced, and which can easily be incorporated into the design of any home. These cells are capable of capturing energy from interior lighting and generate enough power to run small devices and sensors.
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.