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Netherlands taking 3D Construction to a New Level

 
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The damage being done to the environment these days has resulted in many people trying to find ways to reverse as much of it as possible. Almost everything man-made can be recycled, especially owing to the fact that there are a lot of options available for recycling these days. It comes as no surprise then that the Dutch have come up with the idea to recycle old buildings after their term in the presidential seat of the Council of the European Union ends in June.

Rotating Leadership Schedule

The European Union Council’s leadership functions on a six month rotating schedule, which means that each member country has presidency for six months at a time. On 1st of January, the Netherlands came into power and will remain in office until the 30th of June. The Dutch needed a property where they could run their business from during their time in office. This resulted in a temporary building being erected, instead of spending unnecessary resources on a building that would only be used for a few months. When they step down from office, this entire building will then be taken down and recycled.

Fully Recyclable Bio-Plastic Construction

The Europe Building was erected in front of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam where its design is a perfect complement to the surrounding scenery. This building’s unusual design simulates a small square building that is enclosed by big sails. A large part of this building was 3D printed with bio-plastic that can be recycled after it has been taken down. During the development of this recyclable building, a lot of consideration was used to ensure it was environmentally sustainable. It has been fully equipped with conference facilities as well, and interior fixtures will be relocated to be used in other public sector buildings once the building has been taken down.

More 3D Buildings and Options to Come

An Amsterdam-based company, DUS Architects, created the 3D printed entryway to this building. They are working on another full-sized 3D printed canal house as well. This is a three year project that is making use of several companies from different sectors, each of whom will be exhibiting 3D printing’s possibilities in architecture by building a traditional Amsterdam canal building. DUS had developed the KamerMaker XXL 3D printer, capable of printing items up to 2m by 2m by 3.5m, to manufacture the building’s walls, and the blue benches located in the Europe building between the folds of the “sail” that covers the building were manufactured by this printer as well.

The blue benches, which were also manufactured from recyclable bio-plastic developed by DUS, were geometrically designed to represent all the countries from the European Union.  According to DUS, the Europe Building project was a “commercial spin-off” from the Canal House project. This was the first time that a printer with capabilities like these was demonstrated in public, and it shows just how advantageous 3D printing can be – even in construction.

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