If you've ever played with Lego bricks, you know it can be fun to imagine, and then build, your miniature dream house. But have you ever wanted to try doing that on a real-life scale?
Dutch architectural firm DUS has started building a house via 3D printing. The pieces will be 3D printed and then assembled, almost like Lego bricks, into rooms. The rooms will then be joined together, and an outside facade will be added to finish the house.
The house is being built alongside the Buiksloter canal in northern Amsterdam, right across the narrow IJ lake from the central city, and will take three years to complete.
DUS is using a 3D printer that the company custom made, called KamerMaker XL. ("Kamer" is Dutch for "chamber" or "room.") The printer is held inside a protective container about 20 feet (6 meters) tall, which was also used to move the printer to the construction site. The printer is able to build pieces about 11 feet (3.5 meters) tall.
For the bricks, the company tried several materials before deciding on using an 80-percent-bio-based plastic developed by German chemical company Henkel. The printer is on-site, creating the pieces before they will be assembled by construction company Heijmans.
Last year, DUS built a 1:20 scale model of the house to test the printing process. Now the company has begun the actual fabrication of the pieces.
The grand opening of the construction site will be on March 2. The company is also making appointments for private tours of the KamerMaker and the construction site.