This 3D-printed home is the initial of 5 inside Project Milestone (AFP)

A Dutch couple has moved into Europe’s initial 3D-printed home. Elize Lutz, 70, and Harrie Dekkers, 67, retired shopkeepers from Amsterdam, received a digital crucial to their distinctive, boulder-shaped home on Thursday, reports The Guardian. The two-bedroom home is the initial legally habitable constructing made working with 3D-printing technologies. 

Located in Eindhoven, the home is the initial of 5 inside ‘Project Milestone’ – a joint building and innovation project of Eindhoven University of Technology, Van Wijnen, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix, Vesteda, the Municipality of Eindhoven and Witteveen+Bos.

According to the project’s site, the home is a detached single-story building. ” The home is shaped like a large boulder, which fits in well with the natural location and nicely demonstrates the freedom of form that is offered by 3D concrete printing,” reads the description. 

The home has been created to resemble a boulder and blend in with the all-natural surroundings.

“We are always looking for special places to live,” Mr Dekkers told CNN. “It’s so unusual.”

“It reminded me of a special way of living,” added Ms Lutz. “It looked very safe.”

The home consists of 24 concrete components, which had been printed layer-by-layer at a plant in Eindhoven and then transported to the building website. It took one entire year to total the project, even though 3D-printing was completed in just 5 days. The rest of the time was spent in perfecting the building and adding finishing touches. 

“If you look at what time we actually needed to print this house it was only 120 hours,” Huysmans stated. “So all the elements, if we would have printed them in one go, it would have taken us less than five days because the big benefit is that the printer does not need to eat, does not need to sleep, it doesn’t need to rest. So if we would start tomorrow, and learned how to do it, we can print the next house five days from now.”


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