3D Printed House
So you might not be a king or queen but one man from Minnesota has proved that doesn’t mean you can’t have your very own castle.
Whilst it might not be big enough to rule a kingdom from, Andrey Rudenko has successfully created his own small 3D printed castle in his garden.
After working on building a homemade machine capable of printing with concrete, the former engineer and contractor made his castle from layers of cement and sand mix as a filament. The printing was done in 50cm intervals taking eight hours to complete each section.
However, the castle was simply a test for Rudenko’s next project – to 3D print an entire house.
Although the idea of 3D printing a house is not a completely new one, Rudenko hopes to make a sustainable home and has been experimenting with various techniques on smaller models.
Earlier this year, architects in Amsterdam started building one of the first full-sized 3D printed houses from plant oil based plastic promoting the eco-friendly possibilities with 3D printing. There have even recently been plans to 3D print homes from soil in order to help the living conditions in third world countries by using materials local to them.
By trialling his methods with a smaller structure before moving on to his main project, Rudenko has been able to experiment with processes and materials and plans to print his house this summer.