Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

On July 7th 2020, Kamp C of Westerlo, Belgium announced that they had 3D printed a 2-storey “house” as a single piece of concrete. Although Kamp C referred to the building as a house, it was actually created as part of a government-funded project to demonstrate the potential of 3D printing in the construction industry and will not be lived in. Nonetheless, it was made to be of a similar size to that of an average terrace house in the Westerlo region.

Measuring 8m (26ft) tall and with a footprint of 90 square metres (969 square feet), the “house” was built in 3 weeks, although Kamp C claim that this could be reduced to just 2 days in the future. (Its roof and windows were added via conventional means.) Project Manager Emiel Ascione argues that the “house” is unique as its entire building envelope was 3D printed on-site, and that many other 3D printed houses were made in multiple pieces off-site before being assembled.

Other examples of 3D printed architecture include the Dubai Future Academy building in the United Arab Emirates, which Guinness World Records certified as the “First 3D printed commercial buildingin February 2020; it will act as what Guinness described as “a knowledge hub that aims to train and prepare new generations that can master emerging technologies.” As another example, the world’s first 3D printed community’s first 3D printed houses were unveiled in December 2019. Located in Tabasco, Mexico, the project aims to produce 50 3D printed homes for local families living in extreme poverty.

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