There is no place like home – especially when printed in five days.
A Dutch couple now live in the first fully 3D-printed house in Europe that could signal a revolution in housing construction, reports Sun
Elize Lutz and Harrie Dekkers’ new two-bedroom home looks right outside The Flintstones. It is a little over 1000 square meters and looks like a big stone with windows.
But although it looks low-tech, this is the latest innovation in real estate construction and is printed in a nearby factory. Homes like this can be built in five days and rented in the Netherlands for just under $ 1,000 a month.
“It’s a shape that’s unusual, and when I first saw it, it reminded me of something you knew when you were young,” Lutz said.
The house consists of 24 concrete elements printed by a machine that sprays layer on layer of concrete before the final touches are added, including the roof.
The layers give a ribbed texture to its walls, inside and out. The process uses concrete that has a consistency similar to toothpaste. The printed walls are hollow and filled with insulating material.
Deckers said the home has great acoustics – even just when he’s playing music on his phone and in quiet weather, the silence in the house’s insulated walls is incredibly calm.
“It gives a very good feeling, because if you’re inside, you don’t hear anything outside,” he said.
“If you look at how many hours we actually needed to print this house, it was only 120 hours,” said Bass Huysmans, CEO of construction company Weber Benelux.
“So all the elements, if we were to print them at once, would take us less than five days, because the big benefit is that the printer doesn’t need to eat, doesn’t need to sleep, doesn’t need to rest,” Husmans said.
The home is the product of a collaboration between the town hall, the Technical University of Eindhoven and construction companies called Project Milestone.
Theo Salet, a professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven, works in the field of 3D printing, also known as the production of additives, to find ways to make the concrete structure more durable.
He told the Sun that he did not expect these 3D homes to start appearing everywhere, the process could be used to build traditional homes.
“If you ask me, will we build a million houses, as you can see here?” The answer is no. But whether we will use this technology as part of other houses combined with wooden structures … then my answer is yes, “he said.