Home sweet 3D-printed home

Overseas Property | 13 May 2021

The first home in Europe to be built through 3D printing has been completed in the Netherlands, using 30 percent fewer materials than a traditional dwelling.

A retired couple leased the groundbreaking home in Eindhoven, a town in the south of the Netherlands.

It covers an area of almost a thousand square feet, with two bedrooms and a living room.

The developer boasted that this 3D-printed house was built from scratch in only five days.

And the Dutch government was so impressed by the project that it plans to use 3D printed buildings to provide more much-needed houses in the next 10 years to cope with population growth.

The country's population is 17 million at present and it's moving up.

Elize Lutz, 70, and her husband Harrie Dekkers, 67, rented the house at a monthly rent of 800 euros (HK$7,537).

They have installed a mobile app that allows them to open the door with just the press of a button.

Dekkers says that using a mobile phone to play music in the 3D-printed house also works well, and when he is not listening to music he enjoys the tranquility provided by the insulated walls.

"I can't hear any sounds from outside, and it feels very good," he says.

Theo Salet, a professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, dedicated to the research and development of 3D printing, believes these houses are a heartening trend.

"The 3D-printed houses can reduce the use of 30 percent of consumables and improve sustainability," Salet says, adding that the printing works well with wood or a variety of other materials.

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