Couple move into Europe’s first fully 3D-printed house that took 5 days to build

A couple have become the first people to move into the first fully 3D-printed house in Europe.

Dutch couple Elize Lutz, 70, and Harrie Dekker, 67, are renting the 94-square metre, two bedroom bungalow in Eindhoven for €800 (£695) per month.

The unique property resembles a huge boulder with windows, and was printed at a nearby factory.

The house was built in just five days, with the couple, who are from Amsterdam, receiving their digital key on Friday.

Their front door can be opened by pressing a button on the key.

Retired shopkeeper Elize said: "It's a form that's unusual, and when I saw it for the first time, it reminds me of something you knew when you were young. It is beautiful."

Meanwhile Harried added: "It has the feel of a bunker – it feels safe."

It's hoped the buildings can be used on a larger scale as a solution for the Netherlands' housing shortage.

In the next ten years, the country has to build thousands of new homes to house an ever-growing population.

Theo Salet, a professor at Eindhoven's Technical University, says that using 3D printing for houses in the future will save on materials and will make construction more sustainable.

He said: "Why? The answer is sustainability. And the first way to do that is by cutting down the amount of concrete that we use."

The houses also reduce waste. The home in Eindhoven is made of layers of concrete, with 24 elements printed by a machine that squirts layer upon layer.

This gives the home a ribbed texture, then the finishing touches – like the roof – are added.

According to Professor Salet, the concrete used for the home has the consistency of toothpaste.

This means it's sturdy enough to build with, but also wet enough to stick together. The printed elements are then filled with insulation.

Bas Huysmans, chief executive of construction firm Weber Benelux, said: "This is also the first one which is 100 percent permitted by the local authorities and which is habited by people who actually pay for living in this house.

"If you look at what time we actually needed to print this house it was only 120 hours.

"So all the elements, if we would have printed them in one go, it would have taken us less than five days because the big benefit is that the printer does not need to eat, does not need to sleep, it doesn't need to rest.

"So if we would start tomorrow, and learned how to do it, we can print the next house five days from now."

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