3D printed house constructed by 3M futureLAB
 
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’

  • 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 says:
  • Good for birdwatchers.

    sultony says:
  • Awesome !

    Hugo says:
  • Misguided notion of what design is.

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

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

    Ron says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
486,329 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
privacy policy