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This is an attempt to to build the world’s first 3D printed house – Protohouse – by the London architecture collective Softkill Design. They’ve announced plans for a plastic dwelling that could be built off-site in three weeks and assembled in a single day. Although the cost of the prototype is confidential, but Retsin said: “The cost balance of material, time, and logistics in a growing industry means the cost of the Protohouse could be a viable competitor to traditional means of manufacture and build in the relatively near future.”

The Protohouse project was developed in the Architectural Association School’s Design Research Lab within the ‘behavioral matter’ studio of Robert Stuart-Smith. The Protohouse investigated the architectural potential of the latest Selective Laser Sintering technologies, testing the boundaries of large scale 3D printing by designing with computer algorithms that micro-organize the printed material itself. Research prototypes were generously supported by Materialise, with additional support from VoxelJet, and Sirris.

Softkill Design is a collaboration between Nicholette Chan, Gilles Retsin, Aaron Silver and Sophia Tang. They are a London based team of architects and designers researching new methods of generative design for additive manufacturing. They specialise in 3d printed design and provide design consultancy for architecture, furniture, product design and fashion.

images source: softkilldesign.com

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