3D printed house constructed by 3M futureLAB
 
3D printed house constructed by 3M futureLAB
apr 06, 2014

3D printed house constructed by 3M futureLAB

3D printed house constructed by 3M futureLAB
all images courtesy of peter ebner and 3M futureLAB

 

 

 

3M futureLAB, a UCLA architecture and urban design studio, has developed a 3D printed house that offers mobile and comfortable accommodation for its inhabitants. the graduate students – led by visiting professor peter ebner – worked alongside industry experts voxeljet to complete the highly detailed 2.2×2.2 meter unit.

 

also comprising students from the university of huddersfield, the experimental micro-apartment can easily be transported and integrated within a range of different environments. inside, the unit offers essential components such as a bathroom, a kitchen, a bed and a table to work and prepare on. additionally, the design features many luxury elements such as a multi-media system with a rear projection screen that occupies the majority of the main wall.

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
the scheme was completed by an interdisciplinary student team headed by professor and architect peter ebner

 

 

 

printed with a sand-based plastic and a specially made glue, the undulating shape of the dwelling allows the unit to integrate successfully with internal furnishings. every aspect of the design is utilized, with the space under the floor used for technical areas and additional storage.

 

a single aperture cut within the structure provides light and ventilation, offering fresh air, while artificial light sources such as ceiling lamps and further LEDs provide additional lighting. in order to save space, a movable kitchen counter-top with a sink covers the bath. a small fridge is also available, while the bathroom has a special folding toilet which can be hidden inside the wall if necessary.

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
inside, the unit offers essential components such as a bathroom, a kitchen and a bed

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
the unit is comprised of two shell halves

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
the experimental micro-apartment can easily be transported

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
a single aperture cut within the structure provides light and ventilation

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
a multi-media system with a rear projection screen occupies the majority of the main wall

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
the design offers in inhabitants flexible and versatile living

3m futurelab 3d printed house by ucla hud designboom
‘3D printed house constructed by UCLA + HUD’

  • I like it… If the side opens up as it appears to do…I’m in where do I get one : )

    Ron
  • I love it! these could be placed at strategic spots along an inaccessible trail for trekkers. space age alpine huts. would need heavy insulation.

    eve lurie
  • this ‘thing’ is not functional. if you’re going to build and advertise a 3d printed micro-house, why do ALL the cross sectional pictures show something completely non-functional.

    it’s like “hey look at the piece of fancy shit we didn’t actually build but have somethign to show that makes no sense”
    i’ve looked at plenty of micro and pod shelters, and they function just fine. small sure, but there is an actual layout , with a door, a REAL bed, a REAL floor, etc….
    instead this fancy piece of shit is just a non-functional design.====that, or they are showing us the wrong pictures, and the PR person needs to be fired.

    telsark
  • it’s not functional for emergency..transportation, storage, time for production, cost?

    yuxel
  • Not a house. Emergency shelter at best. Lets see the 3-d printed toilet paper.
    A pod not a house and it uses unnecessary mass to create a shelter.

    Ron Smith
  • sorry to be critical, but did the people at 3M receive this project well? basically it’s a port-a-potty with an entertainment system. try sleeping well over a port-a-potty toilet… i am a proponent of 3d printing, but did the professor/architect ever debate whether a tent made better sense? how is this easier to transport than a tent and a backpack with a roll of toilet paper? i don’t buy that this structure works in natural settings. I guess one must also pack the pallets to have a foundation.

    ir
  • Misguided notion of what design is.

    Jordan
  • Awesome !

    Hugo
  • Good for birdwatchers.

    sultony
  • Living in a mussel, shaped for day-dreaming, is a bit cold and scary for me, but may be will be nice for the future humans.

    Stela

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