The 3D printed house has been a pipe dream for many years as engineers and architects think of ways to make 3D printers big enough to handle such a task. There have been some important breakthroughs over the years, but the day of the first 3D printed building may soon be upon us.
3ders reports that Janjaap Ruijssenaars, a Dutch architect at Universe Architecture, has completed design work on a "one-piece building" that will be constructed by a 3D printer. He expects the technology to print the entire house will be available by 2014.
So what exactly does a one-piece building mean? The Landscape House, as Ruijssenaars has dubbed it, is a house that takes on the continuing design of a Möbius strip. Here's how he describes the project:
One surface folded in an endless Möbius band. Floors transform into ceilings, inside into outside. Production with innovative 3D printing techniques. Architecture of continuity with an endless array of applicability.
Of course, the building would be too large to print out in one go. Instead, the team will be printing out the building piece by piece and then attaching them together. The pieces will be about six-by-nine meters in size. The team also plans to reinforce the contours of the house with concrete so the building won't fall under its own weight.
So, which 3D printer will be Ruijssenaars being used for the project? He will be making use of D-Shape, a new 3D printing technology that uses sand and an inorganic binder to create unique shapes that would otherwise be impossible in traditional construction.