Since the 3D printer was released, new patents, new materials and new companies have been created that specialize in 3D printing designs. It is impressive how this new technology has helped many people and many companies to start developing prototypes using the corresponding materials in which they can print certain products with the 3D printer. The designs have been perfected over time, many developers since the departure of the 3D printer have been studying and developing new designs and today have taken these designs to real scale sizes, both as casts and not so large figures.
The 3D printer works in a very perfect way, the designs that are made have to be on a computer and they give it a specific size. The operation is divided into 3 parts so that a figure can be processed, it takes the original design of the figure that we want, next it makes it into a model in CAD and after that it makes it a model in separation of layers compatible with the 3D printer. The most common 3D printers are laser, the separation of the model into layers is so that when the first laser passes, the first layer is made and so on until all the layers of the modeling have been completed, it is necessary since beginning from the first layer till the last is what will give you a perfect design.
Buildings printed in 3D
It’s not a surprise that this has happened, technology is taking everything we are familiar with, over and beyond, and full-scale 3D prints is not a surprise, we have seen 3D prints with plasters, skulls and even figures up to half a meter. That’s why new business-size printers are being created that have enough space to create full-scale printouts. Materials are a broader theme of how the realization of these figures are made, some can be toxic and for this reason so much of the materials to be used in future have been taken into account in order to perfect them.
Holland is the first country to present the proposal for 3D buildings for the year 2017, but we are not talking about small sculptures of the Eiffel Tower or small buildings of less than one meter, we are speaking of a building on a scale of up to more than 90 meters Squares, a very interesting and surprising proposal that can enable buildings to be built more quickly but at a greater expense. “Meetings Factory” is the name given to this building that will soon be developed in Holland, the tentative date for construction to commence is early July 2017.
A construction of 375,000 Euros
The budget for the approaching year with respect to the materials needed for July 2017 is around 375,000 Euros, this can be more than 400,000 Dollars for a construction of this magnitude and we are only referring to 3D printer materials but we have left aside other machine costs, if they have to buy a real-scale 3D printer and the materials for printing, it becomes a bigger budget. De Vergaderfabriek are the people interested in creating this “Meeting Factory” for the meetings of a small luxury hotel that is located in the city of Teuge, in the Dutch province.
Only 10 days will be needed for the construction of a building of this magnitude, this creates controversy because it only needs a 3D printer built for this type of work and many construction workers will be left unemployed, so in addition to accelerating the construction process they will lose many employees, they will only need those who will verify that everything is in perfect condition. If this promise of De Vergaderfabriek is fulfilled we will see that many more companies will be interested in creating this type of projects, just for the fact that employees will not be needed but only an investment in materials for the 3D printer and the adequate materials for its’ construction.
The first building without environmental consequences
One of the promises of De Vergaderfabriek is that it will be the first building that will not suffer any environmental consequences and this is one of the best proposals that has ever been seen at the level of building construction. One of the materials used by 3D printers is called concrete, these does not produce almost any carbon emission therefore it will be better in terms of quality and reduction in environmental pollution, this proposal may also be one of the best so far in the market of 3D printers.
The expected reduction is up to 40% of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and more than 75% in construction waste, something that today is affecting the environment and what may seem bad for us at the moment could be a big step for the future of building constructions, there would be less material waste and this is really good for the environment. Material waste is one of the biggest complaints from environmental activists and people who protest against the construction of companies or factories that could cause damage to the environment.