Procter, B.C. is home to the Fibonacci House that offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and it is the first 3D printed home in all of Canada, a spiral construction with curved walls. It draws inspiration from the hallowed Fibonacci mathematical sequence. 3D Printing is also called additive manufacturing and is a procedure where items are built with multiple layers of materials via digital designs. While the 3D-printed development format is still in its early stages, experts in Canada feel that this technology may help in building homes with innovative designs swiftly with lower labor costs.
The President of Twente Additive Manufacturing, the entity behind the creation of the Fibonacci House, Ian Comishin, stated that 3D printing helps in building curved and complex walls for the same cost as building a straight wall. The building is digitally designed at the outset. Thereafter, designers work out the aspects of the home which may be 3D printed with instructions then dispatched to the robotic printer. This may either develop the elements at the site itself or anywhere else. The walls of the Fibonacci House, for instance, were printed off the site in only 11 days and then brought to the site for assembly.
A mix of concrete and mortar is pumped from the hose and formulated in a manner to ensure that every layer can be stacked upon another. This helps in a layer-by-layer structure build-up. World Housing is a global agency working to reduce homelessness and the key forum that helped in sponsoring the 3D printed housing community of 50 units at Tabasco, Mexico.
The organization is now tying up with Twente Additive Manufacturing for a Canadian project. This will be named Sakura Place, offering five 3D printed homes for families who cannot afford regular housing units. This Nelson, B.C. community will offer 700 square feet homes with a kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms each. This may be a proof of concept with regard to constructing affordable housing units in the future across Canada. Savings on costs may vary between 10-50% depending upon various parameters.