3D printed housing update

CanalHouseRemember that guy who wanted to 3D print houses? And China used a similar technique with concrete and recycling?

Well, now there’s a house being built in Amsterdam designed to be, 3D printed in bio-plastic.

The 3D printing revolution is almost at the point where there can be a printer in any home. But what about using a printer to build the house itself? The Dutch company DUS Architects is working on doing just that. They’ve developed a 3D printer 10 times the size of ordinary ones. It’s called the KamerMaker, which means Room Builder, and they’ve built it out of a shipping container, with the goal to 3D print an entire house! Using bio-plastics, the on-site printer can create the pieces of a canal home that the firm is currently building as an experiment over the next few years.

Which sounds like the Chinese method where the pieces are assembled. I must admit, though I wonder when companies are going to pull their fingers out and start using hemp based bio-plastic, and how that could be developed for recyclable 3D printing, I had not thought of building actual houses out of it. Depending on what you needed from the structure and where it was to be assembled, it seems to me that building products based on mud brick, hempcrete and compressed hemp fibre would be less energy intensive. But who knows? Hemp based bio-plastics have incredible potential. And considering the plant is so cheap and easy to grow, it would be a stunning early investment opportunity for corporations looking to make the shift to sustainable business. There’s no way cotton can compete with it. The legalisation of marijuana and ever increasing resource pressure make it inevitable. Getting in early on that would be a very smart move.

Companies like Sony, who go on about their design philosophy and being imaginative have a chance here to do something genuinely innovative. Beats tinkering endlessly with screen size. It would be sort of the opposite business model to that of Adani.

3dprintingclay20In Australia it would make more sense to use hempcrete and compressed by product for building. Perhaps something like this Italian design that’s either space age or stone age, depending on where your imagination takes you.

Based out of Italy and recently debuting their latest development — a 3D printer that squirts out mud — at Rome’s Maker Faire, WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) may be the future of housing in many parts of the world where earth is the most abundant, and affordable, local building material around. The aim is to ease the labour-intensive process that building with earth requires, with an automated, digital fabrication process, using one of humanity’s oldest building materials.


That’s right. You don’t have to spend months humping bags full of clay to make your adobe home. This 3D mud printer that will do the heavy lifting for you. I guess you sit with the kids and play mud pies while it works.

Another advantage of the shift in paradigm that humanity is experiencing will be adequate housing. When basic infrastructure like housing is no longer dependent upon vulture capitalists making a profit, the way will be paved for you to take your Sims house designing skills and put them into practise. Because of course, game systems are also becoming increasingly popular.

And if mud and plastic houses aren’t impressive enough for you, remember that Chinese company WinSun who built the ten houses? They’ve been busy. Feast your eyes on the Villa they’ve built.


WinSun also signed contracts with Winsun Global, is a joint venture consisting of Winsun and an American company. Over the next three years, they will set up factories in Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E, Qatar, Morocco, Tunisia and the United States and more than other 20 countries, in order to popularize 3D printing building. They also aim to – especially for the Middle East and Africa – to provide cheap and efficient homes for low-income families. The first series of 3D printing equipment are already set to be shipped abroad.

That’s amazing. There’s a gallery of both the buildings, a villa and an apartment building at that 3Ders article. Go have a look, it’s fantastic!

This form of building has scope to include rainwater catchment, integrated grey water systems, satellite internet, bio-digesting sewage, integrated off grid renewable power, insulation and light appropriate to the climate and can be developed to be built out of local and eco-friendly materials. It’s also safer for machines to be doing the heavy lifting.

Combined with a Basic Living Income, which wouldn’t need to be much at all, you could live here rent free, bills free and grow a proportion of your own food because it can be built as part of a public co-op for exactly that purpose. It can even extend to the Russian model. Grow enough food on the property to feed the suburb and a couple of Sterling engines in the shed to power the block. Positive-net villages of developments like these will create an entirely new economy. A lot less money will change hands. A lot more satisfying work and play will be done.

Humanity is in the process of shifting from the colonial paradigm to a more technological, global paradigm. Less bullying, more elegance. Less living in fear of mortgages, unemployment or terrorism and more doing the things you enjoy, to get a sense of satisfaction and purpose from life. Designs and technology like this are already a reality. Community movements like Transition Towns are bringing people together, making paradigm shift a reality quicker than you think. If you’re still following the mainstream media you might not have seen much of this. Poor buggers just don’t have the imagination to picture living in anything other than Dickensian England.


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