France is the latest country to unveil their first 3D printed house in the north western district of Nantes.

Printed in just 18 days by a specially created 3D printing machine named BatiPrint3D, the printer used a polymer to print the shell of a house, which was then insulated by filling the cavities with concrete.

The new 3D printed house also boasts some intuitive features by offering the ability to evaluate the thermal properties of the building whilst also monitoring quality of air, room temperature and humidity.

Nantes Metropole are now looking further into the possibility of building a whole housing estate using this method of construction. By doing so, it is hoped that further experimentation with building shapes, road layouts and also environmental aspects could improve future living situations.

3D Printed methods offers endless opportunity

The enthusiasm in using the 3D printed method opens up endless opportunities for architects to move away from very traditional modular block forms and will allow housing designers to explore new aspects that may not have been so attainable previously such as textures, colours and new shapes of buildings.

To date, 3D printing has been trialled in several aspects of the construction industry and across the globe – from developing individual construction components to the erection of complete bridges.  Futuristic looking homes to housing projects which could relieve disaster-hit areas have also been explored. All are very exciting considerations and open up new and interesting opportunities at a global level for the way communities develop in the future.

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