Mar.24, 2014

During his visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama, along with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, and Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes, viewed a scale model and a 1:1 full size model (1.5 x 2.5m) of a 3D printed canal house, the world's first 3D printed house made by Amsterdam firm Dus Architects.

The 3D Print Canal House is a unique project because it combines history and future. Hundreds of years ago wealthy merchants built the tall, narrow brick houses along Amsterdam canal, and now in 21st century, a group of Dutch architects have begun 3D printing an entire canal house out of plastic with a giant 3D printer, aiming to show what can be achieved as technology advances.

Hedwig Heinsman of architect bureau DUS Architects says the goal of the project is not so much to print a functioning house, rather it is to discover and share the potential uses of 3D printing in construction by creating new materials, trying out designs and testing building techniques to see what works.

"There's only one way to find out," she says. "By doing it."

The giant 3D printer they use, a 6-meter (20-foot) -tall printer dubbed the Kamermaker, Dutch for "room maker", is printing a series of rooms, walls and plastic furniture that can be slotted together like oversized Lego blocks. The first block, which forms one corner of the house and part of a stairway, weighed around 180 kilograms (400 lbs).

The blocks will later be filled with a foam material, still under development, that will harden like concrete to add additional weight and bind the blocks together.

Each room is printed separately on site before being assembled into one house. This way the rooms can be carefully tested in a safe and easy accessible manner. Each room is different and consists of complex and tailormade architecture and unique design features. Both the outside façade as the interior are printed at once, in one element. Within the 3D printed walls are spares for connecting construction, cables, pipes, communication technique, wiring etc.

Dus expects to add more printers and change designs along the way, with help from Dutch construction company Heijmans, German chemicals manufacturer Henkel, and anybody else who wants to participate and can make useful contributions.

In the second phase of the project, the separate rooms are assembled into connected floors, and then stacked into the entire house. Added advantage is that the rooms can fairly easy be disconnected in case the house needs to be relocated.

Today the 3D Print Canal House is one of the Amsterdam locations for tourists. The construction site is also an exhibition, open to the public for 2.50 euros ($3.00).

President Barack Obama and other world leaders from 53 countries, are in the Netherlands on Monday and Tuesday for the nuclear security summit in The Hague.

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