‘We live in a 3D-printed home’

A 95 sqm 3D printed family home in France cost 20 per cent less to build than traditional building methods, at €195,000, according to Nantes University.

The 3D printer builds the walls by ‘printing’ a layer of polyurethane then a layer of cement then another layer of polyurethane, essentially the same build up as an insulating concrete formwork wall but with a robotic arm. The process just took a few days but then the roof, windows and services were added with traditional methods. batiprint3d.fr

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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