3-D Printer To Print World’s First Full-Size Building

A Dutch architect sets to work creating a two-story “Landscape House”… built entirely from a 3D printer.

Many of us have seen 3-D printed iPhone Cases,dinosaur models and what not. But this is the first we’ve seen or heard of a full-size building being created by a 3-D printer.

A rendering of the "Landscape House" by architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars.
A rendering of the “Landscape House” by architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars.

For those of you who are new to the topic, 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. During the 21st century, the growth of 3-D printing has increased tremendously and the price of these printers has substantially decreased.

As mentioned before — a building? That’s exactly what architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has been working on. The Dutch Native is planning on making a “Landscape House” as he calls it. The two-storied building is laid out in an eight-figure shape.

The buildings are designed to resemble a giant mobius strip – a continuous loop with only one side. Museums, visitor centres and private individuals had already expressed interest, he said.

Mr Ruijssenaars is working with large-scale 3D printing expert Enrico Dini on the project. According to his company’s website, Mr Dini’s industrial sized 3D printer (The D-Shape) uses sand and a special binding agent to create a “marble like material” stronger than cement. But the 1,000-sq-m buildings would still require concrete reinforcements, Mr Ruijssenaars said.

which he estimates will cost 4-5 million euros (£3.3- £4.2m), all around the world.

The first “landscape house” should be in position by 2014, said Mr Ruijssenaars.

“We would like to construct one per country,” he said.

As he told BBC, the first landscape house should be ready by 2014. He hopes to construct one of these houses per country. Look nice? It’s expensive. Mr. Ruijssenaars a single house will set you back 4-5 million euros (£3.3- £4.2m), all around the world.

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