Watch This Two-Story House Get 3D Printed From Start To Finish

published Sep 18, 2020
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Credit: Kamp C, Jasmien Smets

It’s still mind-boggling to me that it’s possible to print a three-dimensional object. And when Belgium-based company Kamp C revealed they had printed an entire two-story home in one go—a first in the world of 3D printing—minds were absolutely blown. If you think it’s too incredible to be true, Kamp C has the video footage to prove it can be done.

Using Europe’s largest 3D printer, the 90 square-meter (969 square-foot) home was printed as part of the European C3PO, a collaborative initiative aiming to “accelerate the transition to this innovative technology in Flanders,” a region in Belgium, as the Kamp C press release states. In printing this two-story abode, Kamp C believes they have opened new doors in the world of provisional and apartment housing while cutting down on the consumption of construction materials, CO2 emissions, and waste streams.

“What makes this house so unique, is that we printed it with a fixed 3D concrete printer,” Kamp C project manager Emiel Ascione said per the press release. “Other houses that were printed around the world only have one floor. In many cases, the components were printed in a factory and were assembled on-site. We, however, printed the entire building envelope in one piece on-site.”

Furthermore, the 3D-printed Kamp C house is actually three times stronger than traditional “quick build” homes. “The material’s compressive strength is three times greater than that of the conventional quick build brick,” project manager Marijke Aerts added, noting that this process of building reduces the need for wire-mesh reinforcement, thus saving an estimated 60% on materials, time, and money.

Credit: Kamp C, Jasmien Smets

On top of being a greener way to build, 3D printing also makes designing homes with interesting features like curved walls, cutouts, sloped roofs, and balconies is a much easier and streamlined process.

For now, Kamp C will monitor the house in the coming months to see how the structure holds up and figure out how to make the process of 3D printing even more accessible for forward-thinkers in construction. Here’s to a bright and technologically advanced future!