Feb.13, 2013

Softkill Design, a London based design collective, announces it is working on a second version of the 3D printed Protohouse. This house could be built in three weeks and assembled in just one day.

This team of architects and designers, including Nicholette Chan, Gilles Retsin, Aaron Silver and Sophia Tang, have successfully completed the first 3D printed Protohouse prototype last year. With support of Materialise, they produced a high resolution prototype of a 3D Printed house at 1:33 scale.

The model consists of 30 detailed fibrous pieces which can be assembled into one continuous cantilevering structure, without need for any adhesive material. The arrangement of 0.7mm radius fibres displays a range of flexible textures and the ability to produce in-built architectural elements, such as structure, furniture, stairs, and façade, all in one instance.

Building upon the previous research, the new Protohouse 2.0 will be an entirely 3D printed, one-storey, eight meters wide and four meters long building. It consists of 7 big laser-sintered plastic parts which could be transported to site in vans. These pieces will be assembled on site, without any screws or adhesive material needed, in just one day.

Last month Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam designed a one-piece building which will be built on a 3D printer latest in year 2014. In contrast to heavy, compression based 3d printing of on-site buildings, Softkill Design has used lightweight, high resolution, optimised structures such as bio-plastics to print these parts. So instead of building on-site, where there is always a very large 3d printer needed, Softkill's Protohouse can be printed off-site in 3D printing companies.

(Image source: DeZeen)

To harness the possibilities of high-resolution 3d printing, Softkill Design developed a set of algorithms which are able to dissolve geometry through an abstract material articulation to make a non-geometrical structure that is materially efficient.

"You're aiming to use the smallest amount of material to achieve the strongest structure," said Gilles Retsin of Softkill Design. And these structures are only 0.7 millimetres thick.

The company hasn't unveiled how much it costs to build this house. Retsin said: "The cost balance of material, time, and logistics in a growing industry means the cost of the Protohouse could be a viable competitor to traditional means of manufacture and build in the relatively near future."



Source: DeZeen & Softkill Design





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