A 3D printed house? In Valenciennes, it is now possible

A Valencian company has developed a gigantic 3D printer for the construction industry, with the aim of combating poor housing in the region by reducing construction costs.

Build your house in a few hours

3D printing a house works just like plastic figures, using a special printer that deposits concrete, layer by layer, creating the walls of the future house. The plans are first designed on a computer, then this information is relayed to a robotic arm which rotates on itself 360 degrees by depositing successive layers of concrete.

It is therefore possible today to build a house in a few hours and for a few thousand euros. At least, that’s what 3D printing manufacturers promise. After that, all that remains is to install a Foscam IP camera to protect ourselves from intruders, and we are very safe in our new home!

An ecological and humanist company

Although the Constructions-3D company is the third to set up in this field in France, it wants to stand out from the others by its ecological and humanist values, by seeking 3D material solutions with a low carbon footprint. The company wants to fight against poor housing all over the world, while a billion and a half people are now without housing, according to data from the manager of the company.

The printer patented in Valenciennes has been designed so that it can fit in a container, in order to be transported urgently anywhere in the world during a natural disaster. It has also been designed in such a way as to be able to fold in on itself to exit the house through the front door, once its work is finished. It only remains to train people to use it.

Company headquarters built using 3D printer

In order to showcase its expertise and technology, this young company is using its 3D printer – the Maxi Printer – for the construction of its future headquarters in Bruay-sur-l’Escaut. These 2,500 m2 buildings will serve as an example for their future customers.

A first 58 m2 pavilion with curved walls was completed in 28 hours. This helps to demonstrate the printer’s ability to create any shape. Although this construction time is much less than for a conventional construction, the leaders of the company believe that they can reduce it so that it becomes ten times faster and four or five times cheaper than a traditional construction.

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