3D Printed architecture for green design

3d printed architecture

3D printed architecture models are being used to display green building designs to clients long before a building is constructed, allowing people to see what the space will look like in a way that often can’t be conveyed on a screen.

The rise of large high quality 3D printers has expanded the offerings of 3D architect design, which previously was used to generate lifelike renderings and images of planned designs, but often lacked the necessary sense of feeling to give a client a true impression of the design. With the increasing focus on sense of place, beauty, and integration with nature as part of architecture (such as with the Living Building Challenge), 3D printed architecture models have allowed clients, investors, and other community partners to much more clearly see how a building will feel.

This technology is not limited to scale models of buildings however; many feel the future of buildings will be full scale 3D printed architecture, where a robotic device builds a house in place, layer by layer. This is usually demonstrated with either a concrete layering technique with foam insulation inside, or the placement of Lego-like blocks one by one. For those more keen on natural building materials, these same techniques might be applied to cob or rammed earth as well.

In any case, in the coming years we will likely see a rise in this type of building,  with advanced robots capable of 3D printing architecture like we’ve only dreamed of in the past.

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Steve holds a degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Humber College in Toronto, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. He currently lives in Victoria BC and works as a green building consultant specializing in residential projects.


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