Company manages to ‘print’ 2-story houses in 15 days and cheaper

The future of construction has arrived in Europe thanks to the construction of houses from 3D printing. This is certainly a breakthrough ...

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The future of construction has arrived in Europe thanks to the construction of houses from 3D printing.

This is certainly a breakthrough in construction, but it is just one of the first steps in creating a larger project that includes massive 3D printing of houses.

They build two-story houses in Belgium thanks to 3D printing

  • The future of construction is here: company succeeds in ‘printing’ a two-story house
  • It happened in Belgium: The company unveiled a house project based on 3D printing, with which it hopes to promote this type of construction around the world
  • The house, of approximately 300 m2, is friendly to the environment, and includes solar panels to reduce electricity consumption

For some years now, construction experts have indicated that the future of homes looks bright thanks to new technology, which includes 3D printing of some of its parts.

According to the Dogo News portal, experts have pointed out that the construction industry will use 3D printing to make houses more affordable and faster than other types of construction.

In addition, a factor in favor of houses manufactured via 3D printing will be that they will be friendly to the environment, and are designed not only to meet the needs of their occupants, but will also have solar panels to reduce consumption as much as possible. of electrical energy

Recently, one of the most ambitious housing construction projects was unveiled in Belgium: a company managed to create a two-story house in Antwerp from scratch.

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Speaking to the press, Emiel Ascione, project manager in charge of the Kamp C construction company, explained that “What makes this house unique is that we printed it with a 3D concrete printer.”

He also added that “Other houses that were printed in other parts of the world only have one floor. In many of the cases, the components were printed in a factory and assembled at the construction site. We, however, print the entire roof of the house in one piece and at the construction site. “

Although it is until now that this project has been announced, the process to realize it began to take shape in November 2019.

In that month, the construction company received a 32 x 32 foot 3D cement printer, which is known as BOD2.

This printer required a series of maintenance to operate correctly; however, once it entered operations, it did so completely autonomously.

During the printing process, only the presence of one person was required to supervise the process by computer.

In total, the printing process took about three weeks, but the culmination of the project had some pauses, since it had to be organized taking into account the school schedules of the students participating in the project.

If everything goes as the company responsible for the project expects, in the near future similar houses could be built in just two days.

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Houses in 3D? The future of construction will use 3D printing to create environmentally friendly environments

The house built in Antwerp, Belgium, has an approximate dimension of 300 square meters, which include: a small kitchen, two living rooms, a hall and a bathroom.

Likewise, it is a friendly construction with the environment, since it was built with underfloor heating and solar panels with which it is expected to significantly reduce the consumption of electricity.

With the construction of this type of house, Belgium hopes to become a pioneer in a project that spans the whole of Europe and invite the rest of the countries of the continent to use the same techniques.

Houses built with 3D printing not only represent a benefit in construction time, but also in costs: this type of structure, they say, uses a budget 60 times less than conventional constructions.

How does 3D printing work for house construction?

According to the portal, 3D printers print thin layers that are superimposed on each other until reaching the desired shape in the design of the object to be printed.

However, industrial-size 3D printers have the ability to print layer by layer from drawings designed in modeling software.

The materials used for printing are, for example, sand, cement, earth, clay; With them, a kind of paste can be produced that is then heated and passed through the sprayer of the machine.

Then it is solidified with a concrete drier until the basic structure with which the house is to be built is reached.

With this structure, the following installations are possible, including plumbing, electrical wiring, doors and windows.

One of the advantages of 3D printing to build houses is that they work in an agile way and help reduce waste.

On the other hand, the construction of houses by means of 3D printing implies a disadvantage: they have size limitations derived from the capabilities of the printer, so that, generally, their size does not exceed 600 square meters.

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