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First Family to Occupy a 3D-Printed Home

First Family to Occupy a 3D-Printed Home

 

 

 

 

A family in France become the first in the world to move into a 3D-printed house. The four-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make house building quicker and cheaper. Could it cause a shift in the building industry?

With curved walls designed to reduce the effects of humidity and digital controls for disabled people, this house could be an expensive realization of an architect’s vision.

But having taken 54 hours to print – with four more months for contractors to add in things such as windows, doors and the roof – its cost of around £176,000 to build makes it 20% cheaper than an identical construction using more traditional solutions.

The team now believe they could print the same house again in only 33 hours.

The 95m (1022ft) square house – built for a family of five with four bedrooms and a big central space in Nantes – is a collaboration between the city council, a housing association and University of Nantes.

The house is built in a deprived neighborhood in the north of the town and was partly funded by the council.

Nordine and Nouria Ramdani, along with their three children, are the lucky ones chosen to live there.

 

 

 

 

“It’s a big honor to be a part of this project,” says Nordine.

“We lived in a block of council flats from the 60s, so it’s a big change for us.

“It’s really something amazing to be able to live in a place where there is a garden, and to have a detached house.”

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