The city of Eindhoven soon hopes to boast the world’s first commercially-developed 3D-printed homes, an endeavor known as Project Milestone.

Artist's rendering of 3D printed home neighborhood.
Artist’s rendering of 3D printed home neighborhood. (3dprintedhouse.nl)

Construction on the first home begins this year and five houses will be on the rental market by 2019, project organizers say. Within a week of releasing images of the new homes, 20 families expressed interest in dwelling in these postmodern pods, according to the project website.

“The first aim of the project is to build five great houses that are comfortable to live in and will have happy occupants,” developers say. Beyond that, they hope to promote 3D concrete printing science and technology so that printed housing “will soon be a reality that is widely adopted.”

3D printed concrete.
3D printed concrete. (3dprintedhouses.nl)

The “printer” in this case is a big robotic arm that will shape cement of a light, whipped-cream consistency, based on an architect’s design. The cement is layered for strength.

Source: The first 3D printed houses will be built in the Netherlands this year — Quartz