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First free-form 3D-printed house could be completed this year

First free-form 3D-printed house could be completed this year

Dive Brief: Tennessee construction tech firm Branch Technology expects to break ground soon on what it claims is the world’s first free-form, 3D-printed house and is planning to deliver the project before the end of the year, The Architect’s Newspaper reported. Architectural firm Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo’s Curve Appeal design won Branch’s 2016 Freeform Home Design Challenge, which invited firms to submit proposals for a house made with Branch’s C-FAB (cellular fabrication) technology. Curve Appeal will be built on a lot in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and crews will use approximately 100 pieces of printed carbon-fiber-reinforced ABS thermoplastic in construction of the net-zero-energy structure’s “lattice-like matrix.” Materials like gypsum composite, spray foam or concrete can then be added, increasing structural capacity and energy efficiency. Branch has doubled its equipment inventory with four new printers and is building a factory to accommodate the latest in automation. The company has already 3D-printed […]


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