While earlier plans have been released for 3D printed buildings, London-based architecture firm Softkill Design presents the Protohouse 2.0 as the next candidate for the first-ever residential construction to be completed using the new technology. The structure, resembling the work of a giant spider in its fibrous appearance, will measure 8x4 meters and can be fully assembled in a single day. Its parts are produced off-site at 3D printing factories that allow for more options in design and material, compared to printing on-site that only allows for vertical construction using sand or concrete. The bone-like individual parts, made from laser-sintered bioplastic, will take around three weeks to manufacture, and can be put together without any other hardware.
Gilles Retsin from Softkill Design explains, "You don't need any bolting, screwing, or welding on site. Imagine a Velcro or button-like connection. The pieces are extremely light, and they just kind of click together so you don't need any other material."
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