Check out this crazy, “endless” house made with 3D printing



Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars plans to print a house next year: the ‘Landscape House’, that looks vaguely like an Escher drawing or a Möbius strip. To develop the design of the house, he worked with his friend Rinus Roelofs, an artist and mathematician. Because of the shape, the architect says that the house supports “endless” additions. Said Roelofs:

“[The inspiration] was a house in Ireland. The location on the coast is so beautiful that we want the design to reflect the nature. Landscapes are endless and our question was whether we can design a home that has no beginning and no end.” (source)

But more than the design, it’s the production process that’s innovative. Ruijssenaars will use a huge 3D printer called the D-Shape printer, developed by Enrico Dini, a former robotics engineer:

The D-Shape is a huge, 6 by 9 meter 3D printer that prints layers of sand into the architect’s creation without intermediaries (read: construction workers) who mess up the project, according to D-Shape:

This new machinery enables full-size sandstone buildings to be made without human intervention, using a stereolithography 3-D printing process that requires only sand and our special inorganic binder to operate.

D-Shape is a new building technology which will revolutionize the way architectural design is planned, and building constructions are executed. By simply pressing the “enter” key on the keypad we intend to give the architect the possibility to make buildings directly, without intermediaries who can add interpretation and realization mistakes.

The D-Shape prints sand and then adds a chemical to turn it into a kind of rock. Here’s a video of the printer:

Because of the size of the printer, the house will be printed in different pieces that whill be assembled on the construction site. The whole building process will take about a year, the architect thinks.

It seems like 3D printing is fast moving into the mainstream. Last week, Nokia announced that it would let users print their own shells for their Lumia 820 smartphones. The company released a 3D printing development kit (3DK) for that purpose.

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