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This video is impressive! Here is a timelapse of the construction of the largest 3D printed building in Europe

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Printing buildings using gigantic 3D printers is a technology that has progressed significantly over the last decade. What seemed like science fiction a few years ago is now a reality. The “Wave House” was built in record time in Heidlberg (Germany), and is today the largest building of this type in Europe. Its construction was revealed in a stunning timelapse.

A record construction

140 hours only. This is how long it took a team led by the PERI group, a company specializing in the manufacture and supply of formwork and scaffolding systems for the construction sector. construction.

Thanks to a huge BOD2 printer, designed by COBOD International, the Wave House , a center of 600 square meters of data emerged from the ground. The construction rate is also impressive, since the site has progressed by 4 square meters per hour. If he had built in a traditional way, it would certainly have taken several months to achieve the same result. Using this method also reduces the risk of construction defects.

If this technology was chosen for its construction, it was mainly to speed up the process, but also to give it a unique aesthetic, all wavy. We may like it or not, but we must recognize that the look of the building is original. From an aesthetic point of view, it's always sexier than a big metal hangar, and it will disfigure the urban landscape a little less.

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Towards a new architectural era ?

The security requirements for data centers are very specific, which explains in particular why the Wave House does not has no windows. Its appearance is, therefore, quite singular.

This success will perhaps encourage us to think about new potential applications and demonstrates that this technology is not only reserved for small projects, like this individual house for example. The speed of this technique opens rather interesting perspectivesand we can quite imagine it applied to somewhat specific situations. Emergency housing in the event of a natural disaster or in conflict zones, among others. In addition, 3D printing of buildings also makes it possible to use recycled or biodegradable materials, which then reduce the impact ecological constructions.

  • The “ Wave House ” is the largest 3D printed building in Europe.
  • It is a data center located in Heidlberg (Germany).< /li>
  • Its construction only lasted 140 hours.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116