Kamp C in Westerlo, Belgium recently welcomed the largest 3D concrete printer in Europe to create a 2-story house as part of its C3PO project. It spans ninety square meters and is three times stronger than a traditional brick house, thanks to the compressive strength of the material. Aside from the fibers in the concrete, only minimal shrinkage reinforcement was used, since this printing technique does not require concrete formwork. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
This house is just a demonstration building aiming to show the techniques and possibilities of 3D printing. It will eventually be expanded into a low-energy house equipped with every comfort: underfloor and ceiling heating, solar panels for special facades and installed heat pump and green roof.
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Printing this building is mainly a statement. It shows the construction industry the accessibility and potential of this technique. The benefits of additive manufacturing are already paying off in a wide range of other industries. It’s about time that housing caught up with them. A huge benefit of this technique is that [it is free of] complexity. You could print a series of houses and make each of them unique without a considerable impact on the cost,” said Emiel Ascione, project manager.