3D printing has been around for some years now, but its application in the construction industry has just reached a new milestone.
A single-piece 3D-printed home has been constructed in the Belgian municipality of Westerlo, in the province of Antwerp.
A new milestone for 3D-printed homes
The Provincial Centre for Sustainability and Innovation in Construction, also known as KAMP C, constructed the two-story model home, which covers an area of almost 970 square feet.
The concrete printer that was used is also Europe’s largest fixed concrete printer. The entire printing process was spread out over the course of three weeks, but it could be completed in just two days as the printing technology advances.
This one-of-a-kind home will serve as a showcase of how 3D-printing technology has reached new heights and how it is finding new applications in the construction industry. It is expected to be open to the public on September.
The goal of this novel project is to speed up the transition to this innovative technology in Flanders.
3D printing and the future of the construction industry in Flanders
The construction industry has plenty of interest in applying 3D printing. The printing of provisional houses, complete apartments, bridges and even whole neighbourhoods is being planned in different parts of Europe.
Experts in this industry believe that 3D printing can help them overcome challenges, such as the reduction in materials and energy consumed, reduction in CO2 emissions and the waster stream, and the eternal demand for high-quality and affordable housing.
This type of technology is still very new in Flanders and it is not certain whether the local industry will adopt it for residential buildings and other applications, although the Flemish industry has been noted to embrace circular, low-waste construction methods.