It is one of the largest and most complex houses to be printed to date.
Spotted: Belgian company Kamp C has reportedly become the first to print a complete house usingEurope’s largest, fixed 3D concrete printer. The 90-square metre home was printed in one piece insitu, rather than constructed on-site from pre-printed components. To top it off, the house is twostoreys tall, making it one of the largest and most complex houses to be printed to date.The company used a prototype gantry printer, measuring 32 by 32 feet, which works in a similar way to the smaller 3D printers that most people are familiar with. The roof, windows and interior features were then added using traditional construction techniques. The house is sturdier than brick-builthomes and uses less formwork in its construction, saving an estimated sixty per cent on materials,time and budget. The prototype printed house took three weeks in total to print, but Kamp C claims that future homes could be printed in less than two days. The home also boasts a number of sustainable features, including solar panels and underfloor heating, and will incorporate a green roof.According to Kamp C architect Piet Wielemans, the building could be adapted for a number of uses,saying, “Our aim was to print the floor area, height, and shape of an average contemporary home, in the form of a model home with multipurpose options. This is a principle of circular building. The building can be used as a house, a meeting space, an office, or an exhibition space.” Here at Springwise, we have covered a growing number of innovations in the area of 3D-printing.These include a floating 3D-printed house and a building made of 3D-printed steel.
Watch also this amazing video to see how the house was build: https://youtu.be/pxrVEfxrwUw
The building is part of the European C3PO project, which aims to accelerate the transition to this innovative technology. The building is intended as a proof of concept, to aid in research and development of 3D printing at scale. In the future, 3D printing could play a much larger role in house building. The construction industry is facing a number of challenges, including the reduction of material consumption and CO2 emissions, and the need to create more affordable housing. Kamp C has demonstrated that 3D-concrete printing could help provide an answer to these challenges. Project manager Emiel Ascione has described the added benefit that the technique is relatively simple, saying, “You could print a series of houses and make each of them unique without considerable impact on the cost.