Key Facts:

– A Waikato-based 3D printing company has completed the first fully 3D-printed residential house in the Auckland suburb of Paremoremo.
– The home was designed by QOROX and features 63 prefabricated 3D-printed concrete wall panels.
– It is the largest fully 3D-printed building in the Southern Hemisphere.
– The 3D-printed home generates 30% less emissions than traditional concrete builds.
– The technology offers more flexibility and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional concrete construction.

Article Summary:

A Waikato-based 3D printing company, QOROX, has successfully completed the construction of the first fully 3D printed residential house in the Auckland suburb of Paremoremo. The 252sqm home, designed for a family of four, is made up of 63 prefabricated 3D-printed concrete wall panels. This innovative project marks the largest fully 3D-printed building in the Southern Hemisphere.

According to Wafeay Swelim, the managing director of QOROX, 3D-printed concrete is the “next evolution in building”. The technology allows for the formation of wall cavities for insulation, plumbing, and electrical wiring, as well as the direct application of patterns and design elements, eliminating the need for additional work. Moreover, the fully 3D-printed home produces 30% less emissions compared to traditional concrete constructions.

Dorrington Atcheson Architects (DAA), the architects behind the design of the house, highlighted the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of 3D-printed concrete. Director Tim Dorrington explained that the technology made it possible to achieve geometric proportions and shapes that would otherwise be costly in traditional concrete construction. To create the “printing ink” for the home, QOROX used a mortar recipe that is 80% locally sourced. The wall panels were finished with plaster cladding to provide a desired “natural look” for the clients.

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