Would you live in a 3d printed house? – part 1

The Youtube channel, Cool Gadgets & Stuff, published a compilation of 6 projects of 3D printed houses in 2020.

Given the importance of this topic to our community, we have extracted the most important information for you.

What is it about?

A 3D printer is a construction machine that can “print” a living place through the extrusion of material like concrete or mud, layer by layer.

The #construction with 3D prints is demonstrating to save time, to be able to use less material and also requires fewer handwork expenses.

Nowadays, many companies in the world are building big printers that seem to be the near future’s solution for a more efficient way of building houses:

  1. The Apis Cor firm is building a 3D printer that is more efficient and less expensive than humans building. It is possible to build any size by just moving the printer around the measure.

A municipal building was built as a pilot on 3 days in Dubai. Other methods would usually take at least one month of work.

This machine can only print walls, for now, the rest is still being made using traditional methods.

  1. Crane Wasp is a modular 3D printer that can create houses in a variety of formats and sizes. The Gaia house has 30 mts2 or 230f2, its is made with natural materials, extracted from the surroundings of the house’s land, also with waste coming from the agriculture industry, such as chopped straw or rice husk.

The mixture is put in layers using the 3D printer suspended by a crane. The printed wall forms inside triangular cavities that are later filled with rice husk to isolate the house. The design was thought out to use natural ventilation, also with hard-to-replicate thermoacoustic systems by the traditional construction. The house has a high energic performance and does not need heating or air conditioning, keeping a similar temperature during winter or summer. It took 10 days to create the exterior cover with a thickness of 40cm or 15 inches, this with a total cost of 1000 dollars. Besides it is easy to assemble and disassemble. It is possible to build a modular form in it, just like a honeycomb, to print bigger structures.

This project is a huge achievement in the bioconstruction field.


About the author: Paola Landaeta
Innovation, managing, coordinating, and educating are my passions. I am available to support innovative and sustainable projects.


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