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Print your house in 3D!Amsterdam
3D canal house
Printing an entire house in 3D is the crazy idea that occurred to a group of young Dutch architects. They brought their giant printer to the heart of Amsterdam's north district.
Exploring the challenges of 3D printing
Modelled after the city mansions that line the canals of the Dutch capital (a nod to the past), the future house will be only be inaugurated in 2017. For the time being, you can visit the work site and the information centre next door. You can't miss them: the site is topped by the gigantic white logo "3D Print Canal House". This is much more than a simple artistic adventure. The goal of the project is to explore the challenges of building a medium-size house using 3D printing technology. There's no shortage of them! Think of the overall strength of the structure and compliance with the most elementary safety standards. Plus comfort and aesthetics...
A giant printer
While architects and technical experts tackle the challenges, the group's giant printer, a huge metal box that takes up half of the construction site, delivers its bio-plastic parts day after day like the pieces of an incredible puzzle. Some are six metres high! All of the parts will be tested, then assembled on site. Once assembled, the house will be provided with electrical cabling, heating and communication systems. They will be invisible because special housings were incorporated in the walls from the start. We bet that American President Barack Obama, who visited in mid-2014, will no longer recognize the site in three years!
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