Europe’s first 3D-printed build­ing erected in Copenhagen

The con­struc­tion in Nord­havn is the first to live up to the Euro­pean build­ing codex

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

While 3D-printed build­ings are pop­ping up all over the world, the first one in Europe has yet to be seen … although that could be about to change thanks to Den­mark.

In the Nord­havn dis­trict of Copenhagen, a 3D printer is cur­rently print­ing the first 3D build­ing in Europe: a 50 sq.m. gar­den shed-sized build­ing that has been given the name ‘The Bod’.

“We hope ‘ The Bod’ will be an ef­fec­tive demon­stra­tion project that can in­spire oth­ers to use 3D-print technology for build­ings,” Hen­rik Lund-Nielsen – the CEO of 3D Pinthuset, the com­pany be­hind the ‘The Bod’ – told Dan­ish broad­caster DR Ny­heder.

There are a num­ber of ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with build­ing 3D houses, in­clud­ing lower cost, speed of con­struc­tion, dura­bil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity. Last year, a Rus­sian com­pany man­aged to 3D-print a build­ing in just 24 hours.

How­ever, there are pit­falls as well, such as qual­ity, the print­ers be­ing ex­pen­sive and toxic ma­te­rial be­ing found in some ma­te­ri­als used for 3D print­ing.

“In prin­ci­ple, 3D print­ing is rel­a­tively easy to get started with,” Martin Tamke, an ar­chi­tect and ex­pert in the 3D-con­struc­tion of build­ings, told DR Ny­heder.

“But to get a han­dle on the qual­ity so that it is con­sis­tent is a chal­lenge. So it’s im­por­tant to build pro­to­types to gain some ex­pe­ri­ence, and it’s key that th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences are spread across Den­mark.”

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