Archives for the category: 3D printed houses, buildings, furniture

April 11, 2014

Philippe Starck wants you to make 3D-printed custom furniture

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 6.33.53 PM.png Philippe Starck is no longer satisfied with crafting exotic-looking products that don't change -- he wants to give you control over the design process.

quotemarksright.jpgHe tells the Wall Street Journal that his newly opened custom furniture venture, TOG, will eventually become an open source community that lets you create your own 3D-printed furniture and share designs with others. He'd also like to see kiosks that make it easy for anyone to produce their own furniture, even if they can't justify a 3D printer of their own.

Then “people can match and mix pieces of design to get exactly what they like, according to their own taste,” he said. “This is a fight against trends. The only acceptable trend is to be proud of your differences.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via engadget]

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March 7, 2014

The first bricks of a canal house in Amsterdam have been 3D printed

The first bricks of a canal house in Amsterdam have been printed, bringing the world a step closer to 3D-printed buildings. [via motherboard]


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August 21, 2013

Dutch architects say 3D print technology could solve the world's housing problems

Two Dutch architecture firms, DUS Architects and Universe Architecture, are each hoping to print the world's first full-scale, inhabitable house. DUS Architects and Universe Architecture, are each hoping to print the world's first full-scale, inhabitable house.">Deutsche Welle reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIt's kind of Lego for adults," says Hans Vermeulen, one of three architects at DUS. But his plan is not child's play. He wants to print, piece by piece, a classic Dutch canal house, which will become an information center for 3D printing.

0,,17036825_401,00.jpg To do this, DUS has built its own 3D printer. They call it the "KamerMaker," or "Room Builder."

At six meters-tall, the shiny metal machine is one of the largest 3D printers in the world - it's nearly large enough to print an entire room. The KamerMaker sits in a garden outside the DUS office building, where dozens of tourists stop every day to watch it in action.

... Meanwhile in a third floor office in the center of Amsterdam another Dutch firm is planning to print a more abstract house.

Janjaap Ruijssenaars, the lone architect at Universe Architecture, calls his design the Landscape House.

0,,17036865_401,00.jpgRuijssenaars has contracted the services of Italian house printer Enrico Dini. Dini's machine, called the D-Shape, uses layers of sand and a liquid bonding agent to construct a design. "It's sort of a miracle," Ruijssenaars says, "because you actually harden out grinded rock back into rock or sand into rock."quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 18, 2013

3D digital models of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

soh_1.jpg C/Net reports on Scottish Ten's project that aims to create extraordinarily accurate 3D digital models of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Sydney Opera House joins Mount Rushmore in the US, Rani ki Vav (The Queen's Stepwell) in India and the Eastern Qing Tombs in China as one of five World Heritage Sites outside of Scotland to be selected for the project. The final site has yet to be announced.

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March 18, 2013

3D Printed Stools Provide An Alternative To IKEA


Furniture design site Fabsie‘s first product ‘This Stool Rocks’ is a selection of rocking stools that offers the ‘assemble-at-home’ concept made popular by IKEA. However, it takes a different approach by providing customers with local production. PSFK reports.

quotemarksright.jpgFabsie knows makers in London, Dublin, San Francisco and New York who can make the stools on-demand. Files will be emailed to makers in any city with enough orders. For those with a small number of orders, the stools will be made in the closest city that is active and shipped to the customer.

The minimalist, ready-to-assemble stools don’t need any tools to put together. They fit through strategically placed slots, making it easy to assemble or take apart in less than a minute.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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February 1, 2013

UK Architects and European Space Agency unveil plan for a 3D-printed moon base

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 8.18.10 AM.png 3D printing continues to be one of the most promising technologies to deliver humanity its first permanent moon base. Cost and materials tend to be major stumbling blocks, but the use of 3D printers by London-based Foster + Partners addresses both hurdles. DVICE reports.

quotemarksright.jpgNearly the entire surface of the Moon is made up of a substance called regolith. And regolith, it turns out, is quite useable as a building material. It naturally provides protection against meteorites, gamma radiation and the Moon's temperature fluctuations.

As an added bonus, regolith exists on Earth as well. This has given the Foster + Partners team the ability to test their 3D printers here before they just go shooting them off to the Moon. A 1.5-ton mockup of the facility has already been created, along with some small-scale tests within a vacuum chamber. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Foster + Partners press release. Image credit: European Space Agency.

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January 19, 2013

French Designer showcases 3D printed bedroom, bathroom and dressing — printed in 24 hrs


French designer François Brument has 3D printed a modular bedroom with a shower and dressing room (15 m2) in just 24 hours. The printer was made by German 3D printing systems Voxeljet and the Habitat project was presented at the Maison et Objets, the leading international event for design professional in Paris, January 18-22.

Rooms include heating, electrical wiring, plumbing and furniture (bed, shelves and closets). Watch video (in French). [via Libération]

UPDATE: François Brument has updated his website with a slideshow of his Habitat project, presented last week at Maison et Objets. Below are two out of the 5 images available.

HabitatImprime01.jpeg HabitatImprime03.jpeg

Related: - Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam designed a one-piece building which will be built on a 3D printer. He hopes the so-called Landscape House can be printed out latest in year 2014. [via 3Ders.Org]


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December 5, 2012

Is it possible to 3-D print buildings?

Pushing the limits of architecture, Neri Oxman believes we will soon be able to 3D print buildings. She's experimenting at MIT's Media Lab a novel method of mobile swarm printing that allows small robotic agents to construct large structures.

quotemarksright.jpg... Recently, Neri’s work, sponsored by Objet, showed at the Centre Pompiduo in Paris as part of a Multiversites Creatives exhibit on 3D printing titled Imaginary Beings: Mythologies of the Not Yet.

Trained as an architect, Oxman is currently an assistant professor of media arts and science at the MIT Media lab. In 2009, she was named by Fast Company as one of the “100 Most Creative People” and made ICON’s list of the top 20 most influential architects to shape the future.quotesmarksleft.jpg


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November 15, 2012

3D printing: Can it help people in disasters?

solar-sinter-solar-powered-3d-printer-turns-sand-into-glass-ren.jpeg Imagine if after an earthquake you could airdrop machines that build houses in under a day. Imagine if you had cheap and accessible medical kits that could produce bespoke medicine on demand. Imagine if you could fabricate shoes, clothes, solar cells, lamps, toilets, pipes, water pumps, and just about anything else on site and at the touch of a button.

The scenario is still a fantasy, but could a process called 3D printing ever make it a reality? Could the technology ever make a significant impression on the humanitarian world? Ian Byrne reports for

quotemarksright.jpg3D printing could make a huge difference to emergency responses, saving a fortune by printing things like tools, basic items and equipment on the ground from recycled materials, rather than flying them in from other countries,” said Steve Haines, mobilisation director for global campaigns at Save the Children International.

“The technology needs more work to make it reliable to use in these contexts, but the opportunities are endless.” quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Image from engadget.

Related: - 3D printer could build a house in 20 hours

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November 5, 2012

Protohome: 3D printed house imitates bone growth to deposit material where needed

_400x500_screen_shot_2012-10-25_at_4.14.55_pm1.png London architects and researchers at Softkill Design have designed a conceptual house that would be 3D printed in sections in a factory and fitted together on site. Deezen reports via Smartplanet.

quotemarksright.jpgThe new concept design called Protohome was presented at last week’s 3D Printshow.

The structure of the house was generated using an algorithm that imitates bone growth to deposit material where it is needed along lines of stress, resulting in a fibrous web rather than a solid envelope.

... The house would be printed in 31 sections using the largest 3D printer currently available, then transported by truck to the site and fitted together.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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August 9, 2012

3D printer could build a house in 20 hours

Could you really make your own house with a 3D printer in less than 20 hours? Turns out you can, and the technology is now set to be used by NASA for a future Moon colony. Gizmodo reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe man behind this ambitious housing project is Professor Behrock Khoshnevis, and he’s disgusted that in the 21st century, the world is still ridden with poverty-stricken slums characterised by make-shift corrugated iron shacks. He wanted to find a way to improve the basic concept of house construction so that it was accessible to everyone, because with better shelter comes a more civilised society.

As far as expenses go, the materials for the 3D printed house are projected to cost 25 per cent less than traditional houses and labour costs can be cut in half. In terms of timing from start to finish, Khoshnevis said that “we anticipate that an average house, like 2500 square foot house, can be built in about 20 hours from a custom design”.

The apparatus, instead of being the size of your typical laser printer, would actually be somewhat bigger than the house according to an article in YahooNews and it would build through a concrete layering system called Contour Crafting.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Watch Professor Behrock Khoshnevis TEDxOjai talk.

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