First Home in 3D Printed Neighbourhood to Be Created this Year

A new organisation called Project Milestone in the Netherlands is set to finish constructing the first of five homes inside a 3D printed neighbourhood during the middle of 2019.

You may remember two years ago here on FMS Blog, that we produced an article on the world’s first 3D printed reinforced concrete bridge being created.

Well just two years later from that momentous milestone, a new organisation comprised of the Eindhoven University of Technology (who originally helped in the production of the concrete bridge) and a few other collaborators have joined together to create the first ever 3D printed neighbourhood in the Netherlands.

Project Milestone

This exciting new 3D printing venture has been initiated by an organisation jointly known as Project Milestone.

The Project Milestone organisation comprises of the City of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen and real estate company Vesteda.

Two other contributors, engineering consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos and constructions materials company Weber Beamix, will be responsible for contributing materials and tools required for construction of the 3D printed neighbourhood.

Vesteda, will take ownership of the houses and will manage their occupancy once the 3D printed neighbourhood has been successfully created.

The 3D printed neighbourhood comprises of five separate 3D printed homes, all of which will be built individually to allow the architects and engineers involved with the project a reasonable timeframe in order to adjust the creation process if needed.

What Will the 3D Printed Neighbourhood Look Like?

Media outlets such as Mental Floss and The B1M are reporting that the houses inside of the 3D printed neighbourhood can be compared to a pebble or boulder shape, with the first of the structures planned to be a bungalow.

Each house will be fitted with windows and the before mentioned bungalow will be roughly 1,022 square feet in size, comprising of three separate rooms.

Other homes planned in the 3D printed neighbourhood however will consist of multiple stories and will continue to be built over the next number of years during this ambitious 3D printing project which is the first of its kind in the Netherlands.

Production is currently taking place in segments off-site, but the researchers and construction team behind the project hope that they will be able to shift production fully onto the worksite just before the final of the planned houses is completed.

Will the 3D Printed Neighbourhood be Habitable?

Each house in the 3D printed neighbourhood has been designed with housing regulation compliancy and habitability in mind.

In usual circumstances, 3D printed buildings and dwellings will often require special permits in order to be built whereas they may fail to meet local planning regulations.

Project Milestone are ensuring however, that every house constructed will comply with Dutch space and environmental standards. In order to meet these requirements, none of the buildings will be connected to the gas supply.

The houses are being lined up to be leased to tenants, with the Project Milestone organisation expecting them to be occupied for at least “several decades”.

As of the time of writing, interest is growing in this innovative 3D printed housing concept, with 20 families already registering their interest in the first of the five houses that will be constructed.

For 3D printing and its regular involvement within the construction and design industries, this is a gigantic glimpse into what we could expect from 3D printed housing becoming commonplace in the future.


3D Printed House – Project Milestone

Sam Rose