3D printing is fast gaining traction. It is slowly and steadily finding commercial usage in many walks of life. Netherlands-based Eindhoven University of Technology is planning to 3D-print residential complexes into existence over the next five years and then make them available for rent. If it comes to reality, this will be world’s first commercial 3D-concrete printing housing project.
First of its kind, the project will make use of concrete for 3D-printing. As per the university claims, the houses will be occupied, they will meet all modern comfort requirements, and they will be purchased and let out by a real estate company. The project is called Milestone and the university is partnering with the Eindhoven city municipality, contractor Van Wijnen, real-estate firm Vesteda, materials manufacturer Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering company Wiiteveen+Bos.
The first house, a three-bedroom and single-storey bungalow, was completed in 2017 and the next plan of action will see four multi-storey homes on the proposed site in Meerhoven. The site is located in the city centre of and is also close to the airport.
The project will build the houses one by one, gaining experience from the past construction to better each building. All the 3D-printing of the materials will start on the campus and later moved to the construction site. The design of the houses is based on erratic blocks in a green landscape.
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