Building and Construction

World's First 3D-printed Housing Complex to be Developed in Dutch City

12 July 2018

Following news that a French family is the first family in the world to occupy a 3D-printed home, comes news that the Dutch City of Eindhoven is preparing to develop the world's first 3D-printed housing complex.

Called Project Milestone, the housing complex will include the 3D-printed construction of five homes to be printed in concrete by a robotic arm over the next few years. Construction of the first home — a three-bedroom house — is expected to be completed by June 2019.

"This is just the beginning. It's revolutionary technology and a new way of building that will develop over time," said Rudy Van Gurp, one of the project's managers.

In addition to one day making home construction less expensive as well as taking the process from one that takes months to one that takes only a matter of weeks, 3D printing is also expected to address another matter affecting the Netherlands -- a lack of skilled artisans.

"In a few years we will not have enough craftsmen like masons for example. By introducing robotisation into the construction industry we can make homes more affordable in the future," said Van Gurp.

Even in the early stages of development, hundreds of potential tenants are already expressing interest in becoming occupants of the 3D-printed homes.

With 3D printing, "people have more influence on the design of their house and the way it is built," Eindhoven's deputy mayor Yasin Torunoglu said.

"It will change the market and I guess it's a game-changing innovation," he said, as 3D-printing improves and becomes more popular.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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