3DCP Projects

3D Printed Concrete Houses

Project MILESTONE has started to build the first 3D concrete printed house in the world, which will actually be lived in. With this new technology, the house will comply with all building regulations and all the preferences of the modern day resident. For more information, please visit www.3Dprintedhouse.nl

Project partners:

  • Gemeente Eindhoven
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • van Wijnen
  • Vesteda
  • Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix
  • Witteveen+Bos

Bicycle Bridge Gemert, the Netherlands

This project was initiated by general contractor BAM as part of a larger infrastructure project. The bridge, intended for bicycle traffic, crosses a small local canal in Gemert, the Netherlands. It spans 6.5 m and is 3.5 m wide. It consists of 6 segments, printed horizontally and rotated 90 degrees before being assembled by post-tensioned prestress tendons that keep the entire section in compression. The bridge elements were printed at the TU/e 3DCP facility, transported and assembled on site. The TU/e performed extensive material testing, assembly mock-ups as well as a 1:2 scale 4-point bending test.  In addition, the TU/e provided extensive design support. An in-situ test was performed on the bridge before it was being approved and opened for general use on October 17th, 2017.  

Project partners:

  • Client: Province Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands,
  • General contractor, initiator: BAM Infra, the Netherlands,
  • Structural design and engineering: Witteveen+Bos consulting engineers, the Netherlands,
  • Research, print design and manufacturing of printed elements: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands,
  • Material supplier print mortar: Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix, the Netherlands,
  • Prestress system and application: Dywidag, the Netherlands,
  • Reinforcement cable supplier: Bekaert NV, Belgium.

Nyborg Pavillion, Denmark (Test Phase)

A studio-type structure was planned in the town of Nyborg, Denmark, as part of a larger construction project for student housing. The Sketch Design featured 3 closed, curved wall elements that were to be connected with straight timber frames containing the windows and doors. The curved walls would be manufactured through off-site 3D Concrete Printing, with the TU/e facility, as this was expected to allow better process and quality control than on-site printing. The 3DCP research group conducted a test phase with large scale elements in the summer of 2017.

Approximately 0.7 m wide, 2.5 m high wall segments were subjected to compressive, bending, and impact testing. The structural performance of the design was shown to be safe in each load condition and the research phase was concluded. Due to a shift of priorities with the client, the project was not realized.

Project partners:

  • Client: Nyborg municipality, Denmark,
  • Architect: I. Moltke, Denmark,
  • Structural engineering: Witteveen+Bos, the Netherlands,
  • Research, print design and manufacturing of printed elements: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands,

Material supplier print mortar: Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix, the Netherlands