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The prototype building was constructed in one piece using a huge gantry printer | Photo source © Kamp C & Jasmien Smets

‘World’s first’ 3D-printed, two-storey house

Property & Construction

It is one of the largest and most complex houses to be printed to date

Spotted: Belgian company Kamp C has reportedly become the first to print a complete house using Europe’s largest, fixed 3D concrete printer. The 90-square metre home was printed in one piece in situ, rather than constructed on-site from pre-printed components. To top it off, the house is two storeys tall, making it one of the largest and most complex houses to be printed to date.

The company used a prototype gantry printer, measuring 32 by 32 feet, which works in a similar way to the smaller 3D printers that most people are familiar with. The roof, windows and interior features were then added using traditional construction techniques. The house is sturdier than brick-built homes and uses less formwork in its construction, saving an estimated sixty per cent on materials, time and budget. 

The prototype printed house took three weeks in total to print, but Kamp C claims that future homes could be printed in less than two days. The home also boasts a number of sustainable features, including solar panels and underfloor heating, and will incorporate a green roof.

According to Kamp C architect Piet Wielemans, the building could be adapted for a number of uses, saying, “Our aim was to print the floor area, height, and shape of an average contemporary home, in the form of a model home with multipurpose options. This is a principle of circular building. The building can be used as a house, a meeting space, an office, or an exhibition space.” 

Here at Springwise, we have covered a growing number of innovations in the area of 3D-printing. These include a floating 3D-printed house and a building made of 3D-printed steel.

Written By: Lisa Magloff

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