Procter, B.C. boasts the first 3D printed home in Canada, the stunning Fibonacci House. This architectural marvel features captivating mountain views and embraces a spiral design with curved walls, inspired by the revered Fibonacci mathematical sequence.
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is the process of constructing items through the layer-by-layer addition of materials based on digital designs.
Early-stage 3D printing development in Canada shows promise for swiftly building homes with innovative designs and lower labor costs.
Ian Comishin, President of Twente Additive Manufacturing, highlights that 3D printing enables cost-effective construction of curved and intricate walls, matching the expense of building a straight wall.
They digitally design the building from 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 exemplify the power of 3D printing technology.
After efficient off-site printing within a mere 11 days, they transported the components to the construction site for seamless assembly.
Furthermore, experts expertly mix and pump concrete and mortar to ensure the seamless layer stacking in 3D printed home construction.
This helps in a layer-by-layer structure build-up. World Housing, a global agency, sponsored the Tabasco, Mexico 3D printed housing community of 50 units, aiming to combat homelessness.
Moreover, the organization is collaborating with Twente Additive Manufacturing for a Canadian project. In this endeavor, Sakura Place, an upcoming development, will offer five 3D printed homes to families who are unable to afford traditional housing units.
Additionally, this Nelson, B.C. community will provide 700 square feet homes, each featuring a kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms.
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.