May 6, 2014

3D Hubs, the world's largest collaborative 3D printer network, has teamed up with DUS Architects to create a miniature version of the world's first 3D Print Canal House.

Ten 3D Hubs communities joined forces to 3D print the 220 blocks needed to build the five foot tall mini canal house, a replica of the life-size 3D Print Canal House designed by DUS Architects. The miniature 3D Print Canal House is large enough for kids to play inside, and each of the 220 blocks represents a full build for a 3D printer platform.

The 3D Print Canal House is currently under construction in Amsterdam. It links history with future innovations and researches how 3D printing techniques can offer solutions to housing questions worldwide.

DUS Architects claims the 3D Print Canal House is a waste-free, eco-friendly way to design and construct the houses of the future. "I hope in the next five to ten years, major construction elements can be 3D printed," said project initiator and architect Hans Vermeulen. The team hopes that people could be more involved in the building process, and eventually, everyone can design and personalize their own dream house.

"The miniature 3D Print Canal House is special to us in many ways, as it is the first time one of our designs has been entirely digitally fabricated by a large community of makers without our physical presence," said Martine de Wit, partner at DUS Architects. "3D printing can have huge implications for the way products are fabricated, and we are proud to be at the forefront of investigating what the implications of 3D printing are for the building industry."

"This partnership demonstrates what can happen when you combine unique design with an online maker community and digital fabrication techniques to build locally created, large-scale 3D printed objects in a very short amount of time." said Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder of 3D Hubs.

To know more about 3D Print Canal House, watch below BBC reporter Anna Holligan showing you how DUS Architects is 3D-printing a full-sized house.

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