Print me a house
The Dutch city of Eindhoven is looking for a world-first using 3D printing concrete for-rent houses. The municipality is planning to construct an initial five houses in partnership with the Eindhoven University of Technology (Tue).
Construction of the first house, a single storey building with three rooms, is slated for later this year. The remaining four houses will be multiple-storey dwellings. The first building will be fully printed at the university before assembly onsite in Meerhoven, to the west of the city centre, and will be subject to standard regulations. The final house will be fully realised on site, including the print work.
The university says 3D-printing of concrete is a potential game changer, enabling the construction of almost any shape, and use all kinds, qualities and colours of concrete in a single product. “This enables integration of all sorts of functions in one and the same building element,” says Tue. “Also it becomes easy to incorporate individual wishes for every single house, at minimum extra costs.”