World's First Commercial 3D-Printed Concrete Homes Planned
You could be looking at the face of the future. They're just an idea right now, but these conceptual images show what could be coming soon to a neighborhood near you,the world's first commercial 3D printed concrete homes.
We start with a digital 3D model on your computer.This model can get sent to the 3D printer. And it will print it from bottom to top layer by layer, without any temporary supports or formwork until the object is complete.
Structural research engineer, Rob Wolfs says the technique is more environmentally friendly than traditional concrete construction methods,because almost all waste is eliminated, cutting CO2 emissions from cement production. "Replace material only where we need it layer by layer, thereby not realizing massive solid structures,but really thin hollow objects that only have the concrete structurally, where we need it and no concrete where we don't need it.So overall the building will use much less material and therefore be much more sustainable."
Wolfs says 3D printing concrete allows irregular shapes to be designed which could make it a potential game-changer for the construction industry. "So objects that architects design that cannot be manufactured with traditional techniques are now suddenly possible. On the other hand, this also brings the construction industry closer to the end-user,because they can join in on the design process and customize objects instead of making houses and buildings that are all the same."The engineering team is planning to print the first house, a single floor dwelling, next year, and apply what they learned to future homes,all of which will be completely printed and constructed in the Meerhoven district of Eindhoven over the next five years.
Julie Taboh VOA News.