Europe’s Largest 3D Printer Prints Two-Story House
29 September 20
A Belgian construction company known as Kamp C just printed a two-story house with Europe’s largest 3D printer and was the first to do so in one piece.
“What makes this house so unique is that we printed it with a fixed 3D concrete printer,” says Emiel Ascione – project manager at Kamp C. “Other houses that have been printed all over the world have only one floor. In many cases, the components were printed in a factory and assembled on site. We, however, printed the entire building envelope in one piece on site.”
The building is 8 meters high and has a total area of 90 square meters. Constructed using a concrete printer measuring 10 x 10 m, the process involved using a cement-like mixture to build up the basic structure of the building in layers. Finishing touches, such as the roof, windows, and interior details, were later put in by human workers. This whole process took over 3 weeks, however, Kamp C believes it could be reduced to two days in the future.
According to Kamp C, not only does 3D-printing a house save time but budget and material as well. Thanks to the printing technology used for this project the formwork was redundant, saving around 60% on material, time, and budget. The house is located in the Antwerp area in Belgium and is open to visitors by appointment. Appointments can be made through Kamp C’s website.