Irish companies Cundall and Harcourt Technologies are joining forces with Harcourt Architects to bring their 3D printing method directly to construction sites for the first time. The method, developed in Ireland, promises faster, cheaper and more sustainable house construction. Initially, they plan to focus on standardized housing developments and social housing.
The first housing estate built using 3D printing is to be built in Ireland before the end of the year. The 3D concrete printer from Danish manufacturer COBOD will be used. The approach is to comply with the Irish Building Regulations. Until now, there has been a lack of standardized construction details and regulations, which has held back the large-scale application of 3D printing in building construction in Ireland and the UK.
The collaboration between Cundall and HTL aims to close this gap. According to Gerard Doyle of Cundall, there is an opportunity to develop all aspects from concept to implementation. This, he said, guarantees efficiency, quality and safety for future 3D printing projects.
The goal with this pilot project is to create a uniform framework of design standards and rules. This is expected to benefit the entire house construction sector when 3D printing processes are used more widely in the future. The partners see the method as the key to faster, cheaper and more sustainable construction.