3D printed castle is complete.
It’s taken over two years to complete but Audrey Rudenko has finally finished the world’s first 3D printed castle – window baskets and all.
TCT reported on Rudenko’s initial design back in July when he developed a printer capable of working with cement with the ultimate goal of constructing homes.
With support from the RepRap community, the castle was constructed in nine parts made up from cement layers measuring 10mm in height and 30mm in length.
Creating the castle has led the former architect and engineer to overcome obstacles and tweak his printing method in preparation for printing a two-story house which is set to include plumbing, electricity and insulation. Rudenko’s next challenge is to create a process that will allow him to 3D print for 24 hours a day until the project is complete.
Rudenko is ambitious about this next venture and is eager to get started. Though the location has not yet been selected, he suggests it will be somewhere warm so that printing can continue throughout the winter period. In a post on his company website, Rudenko, said: “Since the technology is ready, I’d like to start printing as soon as I have a real offer for this first 3D-Printed House. I’d also like to collaborate with the interested architects, designers, and software engineers experienced in 3D tools.”
Rudenko wants to ensure he has the right team for the next project and prospective collaborators are asked to contact him with any suggestions or serious offers.
Though the castle alone is an impressive example of what 3D printing can achieve, there is a much more universal ambition with Rudenko’s project. He hopes that his developments will signal a “new era of architecture” and open up the possibilities for other designers and architects to create using this technology.
Rudenko, adds: “The new 3D technology allows us to implement completely new architectural ideas in construction and it is remarkable how we can vary the current architectural structures of homes.”