5 Impressive 3D Printed PROJECTS
3D printed construction are the future which happens now
3D printing has long been advertised as the futuristic solution to many construction problems, but now it is becoming a reality. Over the last years, the printing technology has produced numerous incredible structures all over the world, including 3D printed houses, offices, large-scale structures, bridges, pavilions, large-scale structures, shelters, and more.
But before we get into our selection of amazing projects, let’s take a short look at the advantages and price of 3D printing. 3D printing allows flexible design of the project, rapid prototyping and quick construction. As a matter of fact, most 3D construction projects never need more than a month to 3D print even the most complex designs.
As every new innovation comes to the market with a price that tends to go down over time. And large concrete 3D printers are no exception. The cost also will depend on the local cost of labor and concrete materials in your country. According to data of COBOD (cobod.com/)- international leader in 3D construction printers – Denmark is a high-cost country but the construction with 3D printer BOD costs 40 USD per sqm house. The cost of materials for printing of building of 50 sqm (including the curved concrete inner and outer walls) was approximately 2,000 USD.
There are many possibilities that’s 3D printing offers to the construction industry and definitely in the future we will witness the realization of more and more large-scale and infrastructural projects.
Here is our selection of some amazing 3D printed projects
3D-Printed Office Building, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Of course, Dubai is the home of the world’s first 3D-printed office building and also of the world’s largest 3D printed building (Dubai Municipality). According to Architectgazine, the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) headquarters is 2,600 square-foot office complex with houses.
The project took a total of 3 months to go from idea to operational office. The Dubai Future Foundation office that was 3D printed off-site by Winsun cost $140,000 at the time for the entire structure. The government estimates that it saved almost 50% on the total (assembly, electrical, and technical) labor costs.
MX3D Bridge in Amsterdam
This is the world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge. Dutch technology start-up MX3D kicked off this project in 2015 when it proposed printing a metal bridge with its innovative large-scale, robotic 3D printing technology. The company’s technology uses welding robots to build up metal objects layer by layer. Parametric design modelling by Joris Laarman Lab was a perfect fit for this boundary-pushing design process.
TECLA by Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP, Ravenna, Italy
Photography: Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP
The project TECLA is the first eco-sustainable house 3D printed from raw earth. TECLA is result of of advanced research between matter and technology and a collaborative proposal between WASP (World's Advanced Saving Project) and Mario Cucinella Architects (architectural firm with offices in Bologna and New York). According to WASP’s project launch press release TECLA is the “first eco-habitat built using, at the same time, multiple Crane WASP collaborative printers” and serves as a demonstration that “3D technology is able to create buildings by optimizing the construction process and minimizing the use of human and energy resources.”
The 645-square-foot structure’s shell is made entirely of local clay, its curving walls and arched ceilings cocooning a cozy, minimally adorned bedroom, bathroom, and living room. A Tecla home can be constructed relatively sustainably and cheaply—all in just 200 hours.
3D printed home community in Austin, Texas
The company ICON has used its Vulcan technology to construct four multi-story buildings in East Austin ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet, featuring modern open plans and timeless interiors. The other upcoming project of ICON is to create o create world's "largest neighborhood" of 3D-printed homes.
Casa Covida, San Luis Valley in USA
Photo credit: © Elliott Ross
The project is designed as a COVID shelter for two people who can live together without any concerns. Casa Covida small 3D-printed earthen house in a high alpine desert in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.