|World’s first 3D-printed home unveiled in France|
There have been 3D-printed cars, 3D-printed guns and even talk of 3D-printed bladders.
Now, scientists working in the French city of Nantes have taken things one step further – unveiling what is being billed as the world’s first 3D-printed home.
The five-room, 95-square-metre property will house a local family qualifying for social assistance from June. And authorities there say they are now considering the feasibility of developing an entire district of such homes.
“Is this the future?” asked Benoit Furet, a University of Nantes professor who worked on the year-long project.
“It’s a solution and a constructive principle that is interesting because we create the house directly on site and, in addition, we are able to create walls with complex shapes.”
While this is not the first building to have been created using printing technology, those behind the scheme – including academics, engineers and manufacturers – say it will be the first to be permanently habituated. And they say that, if scaled up, the process could be used to build energy efficient homes quicker and cheaper than current techniques allow.