In 2013,  the former U.S. president Barack Obama claimed that 3D printing “has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”

Now imagine how vast this revolution could be if we bring together 3D printing technology, a sustainable mindset and circular design principles. This revolution is in fact already taking place and impacting all sort of industries, including the construction industry.

In recent years several 3D printed houses, which are more sustainable, affordable and innovative, have been produced as researchers continue to develop and refine this technology.

We’ve chosen some great initiatives to walk you through the positive impacts that 3D printing can have on the environment, on the current global housing shortage and on creativity.

3D Printed Houses: Less waste, less environment harm

From design fairs to real life, experiences with 3D printed houses are emerging in various countries such as Italy, France, Netherlands, China, USA and UAE.

Last year during the Milan Design Week, we were super excited to visit the 3D Housing 05, designed by the architect Massimiliano Locatelli for Italcementi.

The house was built from concrete with a combination of cementitious powders, binders, and aggregates. Hence it could be demolished, pulverized, and reconstructed with the same material. The benefit of this construction process is a reduction in waste and concrete use. This, in turn, causes less CO2 emissions that originate from the cement produced for the concrete.

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