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

October 1, 2015

3D-printable ice house could be our home on Mars

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One of the challenges of building a habitat on Mars is going to be materials. Transporting enough materials to build shelter will add to the shuttle payload, so a plan for a shelter can be built from materials that are already available on Mars would be really useful. c/Net reports.

quotemarksright.jpgTo solve this interesting conundrum, one designer turned to a substance that has been the topic of much speculation and research about Mars: ice.

And, for its 3D-printed frozen habitat, called, appropriately, the Mars Ice House, Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office was awarded first prize and $25,000 in NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge to design a 3D-printed Mars habitat.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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September 18, 2015

The world’s largest 3D printer towers 40 feet, will print clay houses

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 08.37.55.png Earlier this week, the 3D printing gurus at WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) announced plans to officially unveil a 40 foot tall 3D printer on Friday. Once erected, the massive “Big Delta” will supposedly be the largest 3D printer in the world. [via DigitalTrends]

quotemarksright.jpgThe team behind it says the main goal is to use the Big Delta to build extremely low-cost housing, especially valuable in providing quick relief to areas hit by devastating natural disasters.

To do this, WASP outfitted the printer to use local materials such as dirt or clay, and built it to function using less than 100 watts of power. With a strong, 20-foot-wide metal body and a printing nozzle which doubles as a materials mixer, WASP’s latest endeavor is an absolute mammoth.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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August 12, 2015

Teeny 3D-Printed Churches For Hermit Crabs Are Incredibly Beautiful

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This is one of the craziest uses of 3D printing we’ve seen yet.

quotemarksright.jpgJapanese artist Aki Inomata began 3D printing tiny homes for hermit crabs in a project she’s called “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ To a Hermit Crab?’ in 2009. Her original teeny hermit crab shelters were inspired by famous cityscapes; her latest inspiration is all about “white chapels”—which have a fascinating back story.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via Yahoo]

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July 1, 2015

Dubai plans to 3D print an entire office building

Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster. stuff reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Gulf commercial hub has announced plans to add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings.

Mohammed al-Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates' minister of Cabinet affairs, said the project is part of a broader effort by the seven-state federation to embrace cutting-edge technology and make it a global hub for innovation.

"This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors," he said in a statement.

The roughly 2000 square-foot office building and furniture used inside will be printed out layer by layer from a mixture of reinforced concrete, gypsum and plastic using a 20-foot tall 3D printer.

The project is a partnership with WinSun Global, a Chinese company which has begun assembling houses and other buildings made using 3D printers, and architectural and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.

The Emirati statement said 3D printing technology has the potential to cut building construction time and labour costs by at least half, and reduce construction waste by 30 to 60 per cent. It described the proposed Dubai office as "the most advanced 3D printed structure ever built at this scale" and the first to be put into actual use.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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June 14, 2015

Amsterdam's new 3D-printed steel bridge is revolutionizing the building industry


Heijmans, the innovative Dutch construction company behind the smart highway and glowing Van Gogh-inspired bicycle paths, has unveiled their latest avant-garde project: a 3D-printed steel bridge in the heart of Amsterdam. [via Inhabitat]

quotemarksright.jpgCreated in collaboration with Dutch startup MX3D and designed by Dutch designer Joris Laarman, the 3D-printed pedestrian bridge is part of Heijmans’ aspirations of building the “spatial contours of tomorrow.” Multi-axis industrial robots will construct the pedestrian bridge using cost-effective and scalable technologies.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 22, 2015

The 3D printer drone aimed at making temporary refuges for disaster relief

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A drone which can deliver 3d printed concrete-like material to provide people with temporary refuge is being developed.

The 'Muppette' project, from Gensler architects in Los Angeles, is aimed at exploring how far the boundaries of current technology can be pushed.

The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor spoke to Jared Shier, who is one of the founders of the project, and who has already begun assembling a prototype of the machine in action. BBC News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgJared Shier: Essentially we have separated a 3D printer extruder from a 3D printer and we have attached it to the bottom of a multi rotor craft. We see a lot of different applications for disaster relief purposes. Something like this could be sent out to an area that was just stricken by natural disaster where roads and bridges are knocked out and they're cut off from traditional means of rescue. Some of these could be sent out to construct rudimentary shelters so the people that are stranded have a shelter.

Richard Taylor: How long would it take to actually build a rudimentary shelter? 3D Printing is slow.

Jared Shier: 3D Printing in a conventional sense is very slow, you're printing a very very fine amount of material and layering that very slowly. With something like this, we're printing a much larger quantity of material in one fell swoop. Whereas a 3D Printer layer might be a tenth of a milimiter, for us, our material could be coming out at 1 inch thick. To build let's say an 8 foot by 8 foot shelter for disaster relief purposes, it doesn't need to last forever, it's just there to provide shelter for a short amount of time, I see something like that taking about one day to print.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Watch full BBC video interview.

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January 20, 2015

China Has 3D Printed A Mansion And A Tall Building. Stunning



Chinese construction company Winsun has unveiled two of the largest buildings that they had printed using 3D-printers. The India Times reports.

quotemarksright.jpg One is 3-storey, while the other is a five-storey apartment block. Both were made by printing layers of materials to make walls and roofs.

Chinese people can't buy it for the moment - it's simply a proof-of-concept for now, and they've been put up in an expo area.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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September 10, 2014

Can 3D Printing With Soybean Create Truly Affordable Housing

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Sofoklis Giannakoupoulous, a researcher at Barcelona’s IaaC (the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) is working on a soybean based material that could be extruded — or 3D printed — to make structures that are more solid than concrete. 3DPrinting Industry reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe research is ongoing but at last week’s 3D Printshow in London, Giannakoupoulous was exhibiting the material, a soybean based brownish looking powder, and the Kuka robotic arm that could be used to extrude it and build with it, through Kuka’s advanced computerized control system.

Sofoklis, who is also in direct contact with D-shape’s Enrico Dini, intends to use this new material to build large, solid housing structures.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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August 21, 2014

First Entirely 3D Printed Estate is Coming to NY, Including a 3D Printed 2400 Sqft House, Pool & More


Architect/contractor Adam Kushner begins construction of the first ever 3D printed estate, which features a 3D printed swimming pool, 4-bedroom, 2400 square foot home, and more. The 3D printer which will be a modified version of Enrico Dini’s D-shape printer, will, if all goes as planned, eventually be able to automatically place rebar within the 3D printed house, as it prints.


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June 20, 2014

Researchers Create 3D Printed Interlocking Bricks Which Require no Mortar

brick-1.jpg Architects in Amsterdam are currently constructing a home by 3D printing large plastic blocks, while a company in China has been printing entire walls of homes out of a concrete material, and then constructing them wall by wall. In addition, there have been several attempts to build large scale machines capable of printing the entire structure of a home on site. All these methods, if they continue to develop, may lead to a safe, cheap, and reliable new way to construct homes. At the same time though, they all have their flaws. 3DPrint reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSeveral researchers including, Jenny Sabin, Martin Miller, Nicholas Cassab, and Andrew Lucia, of Sabin Design Lab, Cornell University and Jenny Sabin Studio, have published an article in the peer-reviewed journal, ‘3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (3DP)‘ with what they believe is a more efficient and easy method for large scale construction, via additive manufacturing.

What they have done is 3D print uniquely shaped Polybricks, which could be described as cinder blocks, made from a ceramic material, and shaped to fit together with the other blocks perfectly. What is even more impressive is that unlike cinder blocks, no mortar is required.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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May 14, 2014

A Visionary 3-D Printed Chair That You Can Download Now

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 9.07.20 AM.png Dutch designer Joris Laarman, best known for his chair that mimics the growth of human bones, has made a set of algorithmically-designed chairs that can be 3D printed out and constructed like a puzzle. [via Wired]

quotemarksright.jpgEach chair is comprised of little bits of material that come together to form a whole. “You can make that yourself for less than $30."

... Being able to fabricate your own objects, especially once 3-D printers scale up in size, will change the way goods are designed, distributed and bought. This is all in the future, Laarman clarifies. For now, it’s best expressed through art. “This is definitely an experiment,” he says. “We’re still in the process of figuring out what’s going to work.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 24, 2014

Chinese company 3D prints 10 recycled concrete houses in 24 hours


A chinese company based in suzhou, china, has managed to print 10 full-sized eco-friendly houses in just one day. measuring 200 square meters. Costing $4,800 USD to build, each dwelling was created in under a few hours entirely out of recycled construction and industrial waste with an enormous 3D printer.

[via DesignBoom]

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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.

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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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