The Netherlands has launched a project, dubbed the “Milestone Project”, to 3D print homes in the Eindhoven neighborhood of Meerhoven. The project will be a collaboration between the City of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, Van Wijen, Vesteda, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix and Witteveen+Bos. The city of Eindhoven plans for the project to begin starting in 2019 and will build a total of 5 3D printed homes throughout the project’s duration.
These 5 homes will be the first habitable 3D printed homes on earth. The project team plans to 3D print the using concrete and will meet all the required building regulations in order to ensure good living conditions within the home. The first home to be built will just be a single-floored home, but as the project progresses, more and more featured will be integrated into the homes, with the fifth and final home be three stories tall.
According to Veronike Licheva of Dutch Review, “This change in architecture alters the conventional method of scale model making which has become more challenging or simply doesn’t suffice anymore. This is where 3D printing can be an ideal solution.” Next year will certainly be an exciting time for the project team and many eyes will certainly be watching as the possibility of revolutionary change could be the result of this project.