For as amazing as it is that 3D printing
technology can produce small plastic items such as toys and parts for medical appliances
, a Dutch architect envisions an entire house printed in 3D. Janjaap Ruijssenaars is that visionary, and together with a 3D printing expert named Enrico Dini, he believes he can do it.
Ruijssenaars apparently already has the design in mind, too--a “Landscape House” that is essentially a large mobius strip and is intended to bring together the indoors and outdoors. Obviously, the project requires a special printer; models such as the ones we looked at recently
are a mite too small for such an endeavor.
Enter Enrico Dini’s giant D Shape 3D printer, a “mega scale free-form printer of buildings” that uses sand to create a strong, marble-like material. Using the D Shape, Dini will create 20 by 30-foot blocks that will be reinforced with fiberglass and concrete.
D Shape 3D printer
The first house should be completed by 2014, and Ruijssenaars hopes to build one in every country. Each house will cost about $4-5 million euros to complete.