Eindhoven University of Technology is building the world’s first commercial 3D printed concrete house

At Eindhoven University of Technology five 3D-printed concrete houses will be built. The project is the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing. The houses will all be occupied, they will meet all modern comfort requirements, and they will be purchased and let out by a real estate company.

Building a concrete structure like a house, a bridge or any architectural feature is time-consuming and expensive. Different tools are developed to get cheaper and faster processes to build concrete structures. But thanks to 3d printing this process is now becoming quicker and cheaper. Currently, concrete 3D printing might not be optimal for building large luxury villas, mansions or hotels, but it’s better suited for 3D printing mid-sized homes and other structures.

The aim of the project is to build five houses that are comfortable to live in and will have happy occupants. Meanwhile, they hope to boost 3D concrete printing science and technology such that printed housing, with all its advantages, will soon be a reality that is widely adopted. Concrete printing also has advantages for professionals as traditional processing of concrete is heavy and demanding work. The vibrations of poured concrete and the braiding of the steel reinforcement nets is heavy, whereas these activities are not necessary for 3D-printed concrete and helps reduce noise pollution.

See below some examples of their  beautifully designed 3D printed concrete houses.