Dutch architect, Janjaap Ruijssenaars, plans to build a house using innovative 3D printing techniques made possible by the D-Shape, described as a mega scale free-form printer.
Ruijssenaars has designed the Landscape House, a structure in a figure eight pattern that is a story of borderless-ness, when outside and inside merge and plans to print it using the D-Shape, which will print out building blocks for the house.
The D-Shape is set to shake up the construction industry, which relies on manual labour and a great deal of materials, which can be expensive, as it enables architects to bring their designs to life with the push of a button by means of a robotic building machine that uses CAD-CAE-CAM Design Technology.
The D-Shape is described as new machinery which enables full-size sandstone buildings to be made without human intervention, using a stereolithography 3-D printing process that requires only sand and special inorganic binder to operate. By simply pressing the enter key on the keypad we intend to give the architect the possibility to make buildings directly, without intermediaries who can add interpretation and realisation mistakes.
The printing process and D-Shape building process are very similar in that the D-Shape system operates by straining a binder on a sand layer, similar to what an ink-jet printer does on a sheet of paper. This raises the level of complexity which architectural structures can have.
Ruijssenaars expects the Landscape House to be completed by the end of 2014.