More and more sectors see the potential of 3D printing techniques as a means to develop new housing
More and more sectors see the potential of 3D printing techniques as a means to develop new housing
More and more sectors see the potential of 3D printing techniques as a means to develop new housing solutions. Unique about the 3D Print Canal House project is that all these sectors are now collaborating in one project.
Premium partners invest in the project with knowledge and means:
Henkel will innovate by developing a new sustainable 3D print material for the building industries.
Heijmans will research what new construction techniques are needed for 3D printing buildings.
The Municipality of Amsterdam investigates the effect of the digital maker-industries on regulations and opportunities for employment, and Amsterdam Smart City partners bring knowledge to connect the print process to smart-grid development.
DOEN Foundation and The Amsterdam Art Fund support the expo-terrain because it links design, culture and technique and thereby instigates innovation.
DUS architects is initiator and designer of the 3D Print Canal House and the KamerMaker, the large portable 3D Printer.
All partners show courage, because we do not exactly know yet how the project will end, we are learning by doing and sharing!
AMSTERDAM FONDS VOOR DE KUNST
GEMEENTE AMSTERDAM / EZ
AMSTERDAM SMART CITY
BREEDBAND NEDERLAND / AALDERING ICT
The current temperature in Amsterdam is 13 °C
Sky is clear with a minimum temperature of 12 °C and a maximum of 14 °C. Sunrise today is at 07:00 and sunset is at 18:39.
Material, construction and design parameters are all closely connected in the design & build process of
Material, construction and design parameters are all closely connected in the design & build process of the 3D Print Canal House.
The 3D print material for the house is developed by material partner Henkel. Aim is to develop a renewable, sustainable, strong, tactile and beautiful material that can compete with current building techniques.
At this moment we’re testing with different material samples to develop the optimal print-material. Base for the current tests is hotmelt (80% bio-based).
The 3D Print Canal House is printed with the KamerMaker. KamerMaker means ‘RoomBuilder’ an
The 3D Print Canal House is printed with the KamerMaker. KamerMaker means ‘RoomBuilder’ and that instantly gives away how the 3D Print Canal House will be build. The house design consists of several room types, which are assemled digtially and converted into onse strucutral design
Each room is printed separately on site before being assembled into one house. This way the rooms can be carefully tested in a safe and easy accessible manner. Each room is different and consists of complex and tailormade architecture and unique design features. The structure is scripted and this creates its proper strength but also generates ornament, and allows for new types of smart features, such as angled shading scripted to the exact solar angle. Each printed room consists of several parts, which are joined together as large Lego-like blocks. Both the outside façade as the interior are printed at once, in one element. Within the 3D printed walls are spares for connecting construction, cables, pipes, communication technique, wiring etc.
The rooms themselves are entirely structurally sound. In the second phase of the project, the separate rooms are assembled into connected floors, and then stacked into the entire house. Added advantage is that the rooms can fairly easy be disconnected in case the house needs to be relocated.
The main facade of the 3D Print Canal House has an extra special character as it showcases how the 3D-print technique develops. The ground floor has modest ornament: As the 3D printtechnique develops and the number of building elements grows also the level of experiment in ornament rises, which is expressed in the most richly decorated part of the façade: The stepgable.
The structural aspects are tested both digitally and on site in collaboration with the structural engineers of Tentech. The construction is based on a structural extruded printed grid that can take several shapes. Folds in the structure generate strenght, so the level of ornaments enhances the construction. Each printed element consists of numerous diagonal hollow collumns.When the elements are mounted together the hollow collumns create large structural crosses that support the entire structure.
Heijmans is building partner of the project and takes charge in the building of the house, and the developing of new means of connecting the separate elements into a safe ans solid house.
The 3D Print Canal House opened its building site and expo centre to the public!
Tuesday till Friday from 11 am until 5 pm and every first weekend of the month from 11 am until 5 pm.
Entrance fee: €2,50 - includes an informative audiotour that you can easily download on your smart phone (bring your headphones!).
Address: Tolhuisweg 7, 1031 CL in Amsterdam North.
Walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station (take the short ferry ride to Buiksloterweg), directly behind the Shell tower and A-Lab. Parking is possible at the adjacent parking place of the EYE Film Institute.
If you wish to book a group visit, personal tour or lecture, or are curious to hear about other things the 3D Print Canal House can offer you, please contact email@example.com.
The expo centre is an ideal location for a special event and can be rented upon request.
For more information on prices and availability please send an email via: firstname.lastname@example.org
The KamerMaker is moved to the construction site of the 3D Print Canal House! Now It won't be lon
The KamerMaker is moved to the construction site of the 3D Print Canal House! Now It won't be long before we can 3D print on site!
The start of a test print with a new hotmelt from Henkel.
The canal house design continues to evolve and our tests continue to grow as we break the 2.5m barrier!
Snapshot movie of last Saturday’s 3D-print-test researching new material settings and constructive ornament ideas.
Partner DOEN visited the KamerMaker. We had a nice analogue presentation and discussion about the effects and future possibilities of 3D printing.
Today the KamerMaker is one of the Amsterdam locations for the international press visit in the context of the Coronation fever. Crews from Russia, Japan, Costa Rica, Germany, Norway and many others where interested to see the innovative side of Amsterdam.
Today we celebrated the launch of the building of the Worlds’ first 3D-printed Canal House. Amsterdam deputy mayor Carolien Gehrels, Amsterdam Smart City partners, the Amsterdam Economic Board, the Dutch Building Industries and DUS architects with the KamerMaker team signed a letter of intent and secure the start of the first building phase in 2013. It starts today!
Adding virtual layers to our canal house! We had a very nice meeting with augmented reality artist Sander Veenhof, testing the merging of 3D printing and augmented reality. The result was shown live at Vodafone Firestarters http://www.facebook.com/FirestartersNL?fref=ts
The KamerMaker has been printing during the recent snow period! Stichting DOEN also gave us a visit to talk about what the KamerMaker will do in the upcoming year. We gave them a little demonstration.
almost the end of 2012... here's a sneak peek of our future plans... what if we could 3D Print a house, room by room, with the KamerMaker?
The KamerMaker has been open for almost 4 weeks now and we wanted to give you a update on the printing research and development.
We are currently test printing with an extruder which Joris created especially for the KamerMaker. The design for the extruder is based on an Ultimaker, however it accepts 3 filaments of plastic rather than one. The extruder was assembled from 3d printed parts (which were printed on an Ultimaker) and laser cut wood pieces. The output of the extruder is not enough for XXL prints (2m x 2m x 3.5m) but so far it has worked for XL prints (.5m x .5m x 2m).
2. Test Prints
Last Friday, we planned on printing a 1.5m tall column over the course of one day, however the weather did not cooperate with us, so we had to start our print in the afternoon and continue into the evening. Even though we didn’t achieve the height we wanted, it was a great opportunity to see what the KamerMaker looks like at night.
Since the opening we have been receiving a steady stream of visitors at the KamerMaker. The visitors have ranged from designers/design students who would like to print an object to local residents who are curious about the project. Many people have asked when and how they can print their own design on the KamerMaker, however we are not ready for that at this time. The plan is that over the next few months we will continue to test different extruders and really perfect the technique. After we have successfully printed several pieces and feel the print quality is up to par, then we will open up the KamerMaker to other designers. Until then, everyone is welcome to stop by the KamerMaker to follow the live testing and experimenting.
The KamerMaker is officially up and running! On Sunday we celebrated the opening of the world’s largest portable 3d printer in the front garden of our office. We had great weather for the opening and there was a large and diverse turnout. Thanks again to Carolien Gehrels, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam for helping us officially open the KamerMaker.
We have to thank all the collaborators for their hard and dedication to the project. Thanks again to the Open Coop, Ultimaker Ltd, Rooie Joris, Fablab Protospace, Fiction Factory, Faberdashery, Xtrution, Almond Techniek, Tentech, Stamhuis Techniek, Amsterdam Energie and other volunteer enthusiasts which helped make the KamerMaker opening such a success.
And here is a video of the opening which was shot by Siert Wijnia from Ultimaker:
We would like to invite EVERYONE to the official opening of the KamerMaker on September 16th in front garden of our office in Amsterdam. Feel free to stop by to see the KamerMaker in action. Stay tuned for more details…
We have been working with Joris at Protospace to develop a new high powered Ultimaker extruder which uses 3 plastic filaments at one once instead of one. This is still a rough prototype, but we have got some nice results from it. One of the most exciting opportunities is that we can begin to easily mix colors in our prints. We attached the extruder to the CNC milling machine at Protospace to do some full scale testing. Thanks to Joris for his hard work on this and we look forward to testing it on the KamerMaker and also thanks toProtospace for letting us use their space for testing.
It’s been a while since a posted an update on the KamerMaker, but that is because we have been so busy getting ready for the official opening on September 16th. For the past couple of weeks we have been preparing the garden space in front of our office for the delivery of the shipping container next week! Today the concrete pads were delivered which will be used as the base for the shipping container. Fiction Factory is finishing up installing the facade, and next week the XYZ gantry will be installed at Fiction Factory.
The KamerMaker is really starting to take shape at Fiction Factory, because last week the stainless steel panels arrived and the installation has begun. We are hoping that the facade will be installed by the end of this week. Unfortunately, everyone will have to wait until September for the big reveal of the mirror facade, which is when we will take off the protective plastic. Thanks again to Fiction Factory for their hard work on the project. Next step is printing all the wind mills for the facade!
We would like to share the final design for the facade of the KamerMaker which is currently being fabricated. As we mentioned earlier, we are using a shipping container as the main frame for the KamerMaker, and will be tilting it up vertically rather than horizontally, so that we will be able to print rooms that are 3 meters tall! The container will be clad with perforated stainless steel panels, which will have 3d printed objects inserted into the perforations. As we mentioned in a previous post, we will be hosting the the next Ultimaker meetup on July 16th at the Open Coop in Amsterdam, where we will begin printing wind turbines for the facade. So, for those who may be interested in Ultimaker, own an Ultimaker, or is interested in the KamerMaker are invited to this event and help us print our facade.
Despite the unforgiving weather yesterday, we had a great turnout for the Ultimaker meetup at our office. There was a very energetic and collaborative atmosphere where attendees helped us 3d print wind turbines for the facade, offered their advice about the wind turbine design, and engaged in some nice discussions about the design of the KamerMaker. Thanks for everyone who attended and we look forward to continuing to be engaged in this collaborative community.
We would like to invite you to an fun event next weekend (Sunday, June 17th) that we will be taking part in. The event will be hosted by the Tolhuistuin and will celebrate the opening of the new garden space in front of the Open Coop. DUS will participating in a birdhouse building workshop where kids will be able to design and 3D print their own birdhouse! Our 3D printing workshop will be taking place on the site where the KamerMaker will be installed next month. So, if you are interested in attending the event, you can find our more information here: http://www.tolhuistuin.nl/new-agenda/opening-schommeltuin/
This week we attended the Netherlands Ultimaker meetup at Protospace in Utrecht. Every six weeks, Ultimaker users meet at different locations to discuss new developments, test new machines, troubleshoot problems, and present ideas related to Ulimaker. We attended this meetup to present the KamerMaker to the community and present our idea for the next meetup.
Our idea is to host the next Ultimaker meetup at the Open Coop in Amsterdam, and have the attendees help us print pieces for the facade of the KamerMaker. The facade for the KamerMaker will be made out of perforated stainless steel where we will insert 3d printed pieces into the perforations. We would like to print small wind turbines which can generate enough energy to power an LED. We are currently testing different designs and will publish those soon. So, the next meetup will be on July 16th at the Open Coop in Amsterdam where the KamerMaker will be. So, we would like to open up an invitation to anyone who may be interested in Ultimaker, owns an Ultimaker, or is interested in the KamerMaker to attend the event and help us print our facade. The idea is that people will bring their Ultimakers to the Open Coop, DUS will provide designs to printed and print material (3mm filament). Keep following the blog for more information and details about this event.
Is the KamerMaker a utopic dream? Well, last week we participated in a discussion with several other architects/theorists where we discussed that question along with various other topics related to utopian architecture. The discussion, named Failed Architecture, was part of ongoing series of lectures at TrouwAmsterdam. It was great for us think about the KamerMaker within this context and project its implications to architecture and construction. We look forward to continuing this discussion with the public when the KamerMaker is up and running!
We recently purchased a shipping container which will be used as the main frame for the KamerMaker. It is currently at Fiction Factory where they first dismantled it and are now rebuilding it. However, for the KamerMaker we would like to use the container frame in a unconventional manner by tilting it up vertically rather than horizontally, so that we will be able to print rooms that are 3 meters tall! Today was a big day for us because the container was flipped up vertically for the first time. It was great to see the new frame and understand how big our prints are going to be!
We recently visited an extruder manufacturer to continue our research into how extruders work and how to create one. We tested several different sizes and types of extruders to see which one would fit our application.
We created our first full scale full print! We have been working at Protospace for the past month to create and test a full scale plastic extruder. Last week we finally got the extruder up and working , so we atttached it to the CNC milling machine to see what it could make. Even though it works, this is just the beginning and we have many more tests to perform.
At our last design meeting we discussed our updated facade design with Fiction Factory and how we can develop a plastic extruder with Joris from EPMD.
Look at the shipment that we received last week…this container will be the base for the KamerMaker!
We recently had a meeting at our office with Ultimaker and Joris from EPMD to discuss the overall schedule of the project, extrusion technique, and the XYZ framework of the printer. We had some good discussions and everyone is really excited to see the KamerMaker working soon
We would like thank everyone who came by on Saturday to visit the launch party! It was great to talk and share our ideas about the project with experts and non-experts in 3D printing. We received nice feedback from many of the visitors which we hope to apply to the project.
Today, we are putting the finishing touches on a scale model of the KamerMaker for the Object Rotterdam exhibit. Here are is sneak peek of the model…
Here is our animation of the KamerMaker in action!
This ‘smart’ Research&Do project combines data and energy with 3D printing techniques.
This ‘smart’ Research&Do project combines data and energy with 3D printing techniques. Just as distribution of data and energy are important for the city, distribution of data and energy are the backbone of each house. That is why the 3D Print Canal House will have a smart ‘data fire place’ at the heart of the house. It distributes all resources such as water, energy and smart domotica and connects all rooms. As normally you can’t see data, the ‘smart data fireplace’ visualizes in a poetic manner the energy & data usage in the house. It is beautiful and cosy and functional, and it brings warmth and comfort to the house. Research topics are: How can we print with conducting material? How can we integrate sensors in digitally fabricated design?
3D-print building techniques make architecture personal again. Just imagine… It won’t be
3D-print building techniques make architecture personal again. Just imagine… It won’t be long before you can online select your favorite room designs made by your favourite architects, and customize them to your personal taste. You add personal data, such as size limits and location, and the rooms are then digitally connected and merged into your ideal house. You can 3D print scale models of the house, and when you’re totally content with the design, contact a contractor with a KamerMaker, and place the order. This bridges the gap between designer, client and builder and makes architecure truly architecture personal.
Digital prodcution of architecture is an excellent tool when complex and tailormade architecture is required. New custom-made interiors for excisting buildings for instance. Just imagine you 3D scan an building structure. then digitally design a bathroom that exactly suits the space, which is then 3D printed and inserted on site in a day. No labourous timberwork on site, no mess.. a perfect match!
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