Eindhoven, Netherlands, to build «world’s first» 3D-printed habitable houses!

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Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, has announced plans to 3D print a series of concrete houses that will be made available to rent. The houses which will meet all modern comfort requirements, will be ready over the next five years and will all become rental properties.

«The project is the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing,» said the university. «The houses will all be occupied, they will meet all modern comfort requirements, and they will be purchased and let out by a real estate company.»

Developers hope that he world’s first habitable 3D-printed homes which are going to be built in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, will help transform the construction industry.

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Eindhoven is a city in the province of North Brabant in the south Netherlands, most industrially developed, a city that over the past decade has become the capital of Dutch design.

The five concrete houses will be created later this year as part of Project Milestone, a collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology and various partners who will ensure the houses meet living standards and be occupied.

Local studio Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten is leading the design for the project, known as Project Milestone. It will be delivered in partnership with the city municipality, contractor Van Wijnen, real-estate firm Vesteda, materials manufacturer Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering company Witteveen+Bos.

It is not the first time a house has been 3D-printed, although all previous attempts have been prototypes or part of research projects.

 The first house built through Project Milestone will be single story but the team eventually hope to build houses up to three stories tall using the construction technique.
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Initially, parts will be printed at the university but the intention is to shift the entire operation to the construction site.

The group behind the latest construction project previously printed the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge, which is currently used by cyclists in the Dutch village of Gemert.

The team said that the precise nature of 3D-printing means less building materials are wasted during the construction process, while also making it easier to customise houses to meet individual wishes.

«3D printing of concrete is a potential game changer in the building industry,» a spokesperson for Eindhoven University of Technology said.

«Besides the ability to construct almost any shape, it also enables architects to design very fine concrete structures. Another new possibility is to print all kinds, qualities and colors of concrete, all in a single product

Το πρότζεκτ «Ορόσημο» («Milestone»), αποτελεί παγκόσμια πρωτοτυπία στον χώρο της κατασκευής κατοικιών και πρόκειται να πραγματοποιηθεί στο Αϊντχόφεν της Ολλανδίας, η οποία θα είναι η πρώτη πόλη του κόσμου που θα εντάξει στο πολεοδομικό της σχέδιο κατοικίες από τρισδιάστατο εκτυπωτή!

Τα σπίτια από τσιμέντο θα ανεγερθούν μέσα στην επόμενη πενταετία στην περιοχή Μεερχόβεν.

 Tο ακανόνιστο σχήμα των κατοικιών εκμεταλλεύεται στο έπακρο τις δυνατότητες του τρισδιάστατου εκτυπωτή να «τυπώσει» σχεδόν οποιοδήποτε σχήμα.

Στην κατασκευή των 3D κατοικιών συμμετέχουν ο δήμος της Αϊντχόβεν, το University of Technology of Eindhoven, η εργοληπτική εταιρεία Van Wijnen, το μεσιτικό γραφείο Vesteda, η εταιρεία κατασκευαστικών υλικών Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix και η εταιρεία μηχανικών Witteveen+Bos.

Η πρώτη κατοικία θα είναι ενός ορόφου και θα είναι διαθέσιμη να κατοικηθεί στα μέσα του επόμενου χρόνου. Οι άλλες τέσσερις -όλες πολυώροφες- θα ολοκληρωθούν αργότερα. Τα σπίτια θα υπόκεινται σε όλους τους προβλεπόμενους οικοδομικούς κανονισμούς και σχεδιάζονται ώστε να απαντούν σε όλες τις ανάγκες ενός σύγχρονου κατοίκου.

Sources: http://www.mononews.gr, www.independent.co.uk

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