A family in France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D-printed house. The four-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper.
The idea behind the 3D printing is that it allows for more architectural freedom such as curved walls that can be created in a more cost-friendly fashion with this method of construction. The house in question took 54 hours to print, plus additional time for adding windows, doors, and the roof which added four months onto the project. That is faster that it would normally have been and it also cost 20% less to construct.
The team behind the printing believe they could even shorten the time frame and print the exact same design in only 33 hours. The 95m (1022ft) square house – built for a family of five with four bedrooms and a big central space in Nantes – is a collaboration between the city council, a housing association and University of Nantes.
Watch a video of the creation of the house from the University below:
Video: YHNOVA – une maison construite par un robot imprimante 3D à Nantes
It is a remarkable technology and now that a family has taken up residence it will only be a matter of time before more people are living in 3D printed homes. In fact, there is a project in the North of Paris to print 18 homes and a large commercial building 700 metres square.
Information from BBC.
Image from UnivNantes on Youtube.