3-D printing has been the buzz-term of the tech world for the past few years, with creative innovators designing custom machines that can print out everything, from iPad accessories, to car parts, jewelry and even food, at unbelievably fast speeds. So how long before we have a 3-D printed house?
The answer: not long at all.
Dutch architect Hans Vermuelen and his team at DUS Architects recently started construction on what they claim will be the world’s first 3-D printed house. Vermuelen’s team built their own printer— no surprise, it’s the largest such printer in the world—which churns out the building’s parts piece by piece, all large black blocks made from melted plastic. The pieces of the house will then be assembled like giant Lego blocks, with interlocking segments, eventually creating a replica of a classic Dutch canal house.
The architects hope their Amsterdam structure can serve as a blueprint for future construction methods that will cut out the time, energy and cost it takes to assemble and transport individual construction pieces.
Unfortunately you can’t print out your own 3-D house in minutes just yet. Vermuelen’s masterpiece will take a full three years to build, and is scheduled to be complete by 2017.