The 3-D printer has all the capabilities to become one of the most brilliant inventions in recent memory. Any tool or trinket imaginable can be constructed through the use of this mind-boggling advancement.
But so far, mid-sized toys are all that have been conjured by 3-D printers. A Dutch architect named Janjaap Ruijssenaars, however, has much bigger plans.
Janjaap is planning on using a 3-D printer to create an innovative experiment of a house in the shape of a giant figure 8.
“Landscape House” as he calls it, will be a continuous loop of stair-based paths that will probably cost between 5 and 6 million dollars and several wealthy individuals have already expressed interest in purchasing it once it is built.
“3D printing is amazing,” Ruijssenaars told the BBC. “For me as an architect it’s been a nice way to construct this specific design — it has no beginning and no end, and with the 3-D printer we can make it look like that.”
Janjaap will obviously need a printer of enormous size to complete the task, and he believes that one capable of printing 20 to 30 foot blocks can in fact be made.
It will be a massive aluminum structure that will use sand to form marble blocks. All that’s needed afterward to create the frame of the home will be concrete and fiberglass.
He expects construction to begin as soon as 2014.
Sean Levinson | Elite.