Lightweight and energy efficient facade
We have just completed our latest project for DeltaSync (specialized in floating urbanization): a printed lightweight and very energy efficient façade. Printing with a high resolution made it possible to integrate piping, window frames and even insulation. High-resolution printing allows for the integration of construction, all types of piping, window frames (and such), and even thermal insulation in one material.
Common insulation materials like mineral wool doesn’t add strength to the building. The printed wall has an outer and inner shell of 4 millimeter with a honeycomb structure in between. This honeycomb structure not only gives the façade it’s necessary strength and stiffness, but has fine insulating properties as well. In fact the insulating performance of this printed façade is superior to that of a conventional façade using mineral wool. Furthermore the geometry of honeycomb structure can be tweaked to benefit even more of the 3D printing possibilities.
Heating, cooling and ventilation
Complex parts, such as piping and installations can be easily integrated in the façade with 3D printing. The integration of heating, cooling, ventilation and electrics in building construction can be dramatically improved.
While it’s probably still a decade or so away before high resolution 3D printers will take over the building industry, the experiment already shows it’s huge potential. Eventually 3D printed buildings will not only outperform conventional buildings but they will be cheaper and faster to build as well.