3D printing + sand and gravel = a luxury home? That’s the exact equation that New York City architect/contractor Adam Kushner and 3D-printing pioneer Enrico Dini and his D-Shape firm are currently working on!
It’s not the first time that a building has been 3D-printed. Remember WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, the company that constructed 10 one-story 3D-printed homes in less than 24 hours?
Well, this time around, a 2,400 square-foot house will come with a 3D-printed pool, pool house and garage that’s situated on five acres of land as pictured above in the virtual rendering!
The design plan for the estate is to reflect the geomorphology of the rocks that are found on the construction site.
Kushner and D-Shape will use 3D-printed blocks that are made of sand, dust and gravel that are bonded by a magnesium-based material. The end result is an eco-friendly “artificial marble” that has “a resistance and traction much superior to Portland Cement, so much so that there is no need to use iron to reinforce the structure.
This construction method is also known as in situ resource utilization and if D-Shape is successful, this could potentially become the construction process of the future.
To complete this task, D-Shape is using 3D printers that were invented by D-Shape founder Enrico Dini.
The story behind this collaboration project with D-Shape and Kushner is that he is actually building this innovative estate for his family to live in!
In the end, as planning and regulations are being put into place, Kushner hopes that D-Shape’s technology will eventually turn the architectural and construction worlds inside out and allow just about anyone with a license to 3D print their own houses by leasing a machine.
The D-Shape firm is currently working on excavating the area and work is scheduled to start soon. In fact, the swimming pool and Jacuzzi are slated to be completed by December 2015, while construction on the rest of the house is expected to be completed at the end of 2017.
But, for now, we’ll patiently wait for updates from this innovative construction site!
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