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Netherlands to build first habitable 3D-printed homes

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The construction of the world’s first habitable 3D-printed homes will begin in the Netherlands this year. 

Engineering consultancy Witteveen + Bos has worked with construction company Van Wijnen and manufacturers Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix on the scheme, named Project Milestone, to build five 3D-printed concrete houses in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. 

The elements of the first house - which will be ready for sale next year - will be made by the concrete printer at the Eindhoven University of Technology, which is a partner on the project, and gradually the work will move to the construction site.

The first house will be a single-floor, three-room house with a wooden roof. The following four houses will be multi-storey and will have printed concrete floors and roof, and all houses will have foundations based on conventional concrete pouring technology. 

The five houses will be built consecutively so any lessons learnt can be applied to the next home. 

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