While 3D-printed buildings are popping up all over the world, the first one in Europe has yet to be seen â¦ although that could be about to change thanks to Denmark.
In the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen, a 3D printer is currently printing the first 3D building in Europe: a 50 sqm garden shed-sized building that has been given the name âThe Bodâ.
âWe hope âThe Bodâ will be an effective demonstration project that can inspire others to use 3D-print technology for buildings,â Henrik Lund-Nielsen âÂ the CEO of 3D Pinthuset, the company behind the âThe Bodâ âÂ told DR Nyheder.
There are a number of benefits associated with building 3D houses, including lower cost, speed of construction, durability and sustainability. Last year a Russian company managed to 3D-print a building in just 24 hours.
However, there are pitfalls as well, such as quality, the printers being expensive and toxic material being found in some materials used for 3D printing.
âIn principle, 3D printing is relatively easy to get started with,â Martin Tamke, an architect and expert in the 3D-construction of buildings, told DR Nyheder.
âBut to get a handle on the quality so that it is consistent is a challenge. So itâs important to build prototypes to gain some experience, and itâs key that these experiences are spread across Denmark.â