The 3D Print Canal House is a three-year Research & Design by Doing project in which an interna
The 3D Print Canal House is a three-year Research & Design by Doing project inwhich an international team of partners from various sectors works together on 3D printing a full-sizecanal house in Amsterdam. A beta-preneurial building project, which has the goal to revolutionize thebuilding industry and offer new tailor made housing solutions worldwide.
The research evolves around 4 R&DOs – Research & Doing. The building site is designed as agrowing exhibition and open to the public with an appointment: you can book a tour with one of the employees of the project. The feedback from audiences generates input for researchand market explorations: a live user test and feedback loop that intensifies and accelerates theresearch process on:
1. Software tools and global online user interface development
2. Smart parametric design and engineering
3. Development of XL 3D printers and print network
4. Development of new bio-based, sustainable and recyclable materials and product innovation
The house is made of many printed elements. Each element showcases aresearch update in shape, structure and material.The project is initiated byand shows that architecture canbe catalyst for cross-sectoral innovation. It is collectively funded by all partners, who contribute to theproject with knowledge and financial means.
How does digitalization and additive manufacturing disrupt the building industry? Could 3D-printing
How does digitalization and additive manufacturing disrupt the building industry? Could 3D-printing and the internet change the way we make things forever? Can we in the near future e-mail buildings to each other? And what if we can print a building, shredder it, and then print something new with the same material? How will this have a positive effect on the environment and the economy? And how will it influence our notion of craftsmanship?
There are many questions the 3D Print Canal House brings to mind. To give a better understanding of the concepts and ideas behind the 3D Print Canal House, DUS architects frequently gives inspirational lectures and presentations. The partners of DUS are renowned keynote speakers and were happy to share our ideas with you.
Recently, the partners of DUS have been keynote speaker inSwiss Innovation WeekBasel,UBS Global Real Estate ConferenceLondon, CCASan FranciscoIsrael, Sweden,Carleton University Canada, Maker Faire Rome,Munich Creative Business Weekand many more events both internationally and within the Netherlands.
Do you want to host or visit a lecture by DUS?
Visiting Address: Asterweg 149, 1031 HM Amsterdam (by appointment only)
Postal Address: Asterweg 149, 1031 HM Amsterdam
Address: Asterweg 149, 1031 HM in Amsterdam North.
If you wish to book a lecture, or are curious to hear about other things the 3D Print Canal House can offer you, please contact and / or have a look under presentations & bookings to see the various options.
Every first Wednesday of the month at 15:00 we offer walk-in tours for €7,50 per person for anyone who wants to join.
Also keep an eye on our agenda as we open our doors during many public festivals!
The 3D Print Canal House is located in Amsterdam North and easily accessible by car and public transport. It is also just a short bike ride or a 15 minute walk away from Amsterdam Central Station.
Westbound: At the A10 Motorway take exit S118 followed by Klaprozenweg, Ridderspoorweg and Asterweg. You will approach the main entrance (Asterweg 149) from the north, with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.
Eastbound: At the A10 Motorway take exit S116 followed by Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg, Johan van Hasseltweg, Klaprozenweg, Ridderspoorweg and Asterweg. You will approach the main entrance (Asterweg 49) from the north, with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.
From Amsterdam Central Station, by bus: Take the exit marked Noord. Cross the road, and you will then see the ferries. Take the (free) Buiksloterweg ferry to the other side of the IJ waterway (ferries depart every 6 minutes).
After leaving the ferry, take bus 38 from Buikslotwerg and get off at stop Distelweg. You will approach the main entrance (Asterweg 149) from the north, with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.
From Amsterdam Central Station, by foot or bicycle: Take the exit marked Noord. Cross the road, and you will then see the ferries. Take the (free) Buiksloterweg ferry to the other side of the IJ waterway (ferries depart every 6 minutes). After leaving the ferry, turn left towards EYE film museum (the futuristic white building). Pass EYE and follow the cycle and footpath (IJpromenade) along the IJ. After 400 meters, turn right into the Grasweg and proceed to (the sign of) the Hyperion Lyceum). From the Hyperion Lyceum, take the first block on the left to the Asterweg. At the end of the Asterweg, after about 500 meters, you will find the main entrance (Asterweg 149) with the 3D Print Canal House on your left.
From Westerdoksdijk: Take the ferry to the Distelweg and follow the Distelweg. After about 400 meters, turn right to the Asterweg. Go straight forward and you will find the main entrance (Asterweg 149) with the 3D Print Canal House on your right.
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It is easy to click in, but hard to pull out. The new clicking system we developed to assemble the 3
It is easy to click in, but hard to pull out. The new clicking system we developed to assemble the 3D printed parts looks like LEGO for grown-ups! Each room explores a new construction system.For the Entrance Room, we were looking for a simple system to connect the printed pieces (as each printed room consists of several parts). The click system works without having to uplift parts to great height to be able to slide it in. So we tested new ways to join the printed parts together and we found a way. It allows parts to be pushed into each other. Click, and there is no way to pull it out again.
The 3D Print Canal House is printed with the XL 3D printer. The house design consists of several room types, which are assembled digitally and converted into one structural design
Each room is printed separately on site before being assembled into one house. This way the rooms can be carefully tested in a safe and easy accessible manner. Each room is different and consists of complex and tailor-made architecture and unique design features. The structure is scripted and this creates its proper strength but also generates ornament, and allows for new types of smart features, such as angled shading scripted to the exact solar angle. Each printed room consists of several parts, which are joined together as large Lego-like blocks. Both the outside façade as the interior are printed at once, in one element. Within the 3D printed walls are spares for connecting construction, cables, pipes, communication technique, wiring etc.
The rooms themselves are entirely structurally sound. In the second phase of the project, the separate rooms are assembled into connected floors, and then stacked into the entire house. Added advant
age is that the rooms can fairly easy be disconnected in case the house needs to be relocated.
The main facade of the 3D Print Canal House has an extra special character as it showcases how the 3D-print technique develops. The ground floor has modest ornament: As the 3D print technique develops and the number of building elements grows also the level of experiment in ornament rises, which is expressed in the most richly decorated part of the façade: The step gable.
The structural aspects are tested both digitally and on site in collaboration with the structural engineers of Tentech. The construction is based on a structural extruded printed grid that can take several shapes. Folds in the structure generate strength, so the level of ornaments enhances the construction. Each printed element consists of numerous diagonal hollow collumns. When the elements are mounted together the hollow collumns create large structural crosses that support the entire structure.
Heijmans is building partner of the project and takes charge in the building of the house, and the developing of new means of connecting the separate elements into a safe ans solid house.
Today we started printing a 6m tall wall. The wall has shafts of different dimensions. The larger structural shaft run towards the locations where adjacent rooms need support. These shafts will be cast with Henkels Eco-concrete, and will so create a the structural framework of the house.
Both sides of the wall have a different set of shafts. On one side the shafts have a slight inclination from bottom-right to upper-left, while on the other side of the wall the shafts run in the opposite direction. This way the to sides together create structural crosses.
All parameters we work with are scripted. This allowed us to change the dimensions of the structural shafts during the design process to match the structural demands from our structural engineer partner Tentech, without redrawing the complex design over and over.
3D-printing and scripting are perfect partners in terms of flexibility. While scripting allows us to create designs that can easily be adapted to changing circumstances of all kinds, the printer doesnt bother if it prints a series of similar copies, or an awesome series of unique pieces.
The last few weeks we have been experimenting with inclined shafts. The new house-pieces we print contain a double layer of shafts, one side running in one direction, the other side in the other direction. The script we developed for these designs allows us to change the shaft dimensions and the angle of the shafts.
The coming weeks we are taking this a few steps further by adding parameters to the script. We will update you soon!
DUS architects designed and printed the facade of the Europe Building on the Amsterdam Marineterrein (Marine Area): the place where in the next 6 months, European politicians and government officials will be meeting for the EU Presidency taking place in the Netherlands this year. The entrance of the building is partially constructed with playfully shaped sails that refer to the historical sailing ships that used to be built in the area. The alcoves created under the sails house EU-blue coloured 3D printed benches. Every seating element is parametrically designed and fits perfectly within each alcove. All elements were printed on the site of the 3D Print Canal House with the XXL 3D printer. After the presidency, the elements can be shredded and reprinted.
The 3D Print Canal House has moved! To an exciting much bigger location 800 meters from the old site at Badhuiskade.
The site is a unique waterfront location and living lab in Buiksloterham. With over 3000 square meters there is plenty of space to grow, produce and actualize our printing and building ambitions!
The 3D Print Canal House keeps on growing, and it is time for more space! This summer (July and August) we will be moving from our current site to a much bigger location close by. The new location will be arranged like a real living lab with space for growth, production and assembly. We will re-open in September, so stay tuned for updates here and on social media.
The last open day of the expo is Friday July 10, 2015.
The exhibition 3DXL at the Design Exchange in Toronto just opened! The exhibition, featuring the 3D Print Canal House, is a showcase for new projects in 3D-printed architecture that are radically changing the building industry and as a result, the way in which we live.
The exhibition highlights large scale 3D printing and pushes for the intersection of design, art, science, construction, and community. It is an offsite exhibition, offering visitors and passers-by the possibility to experience 3D printing on spot. The 3D Print Canal House is a key piece in the exhibition, displayed next to Swiss architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburgers Arabesque wall, an strikingly intricate 3D printed building component made from sandstone, and Californias Emerges Objects Saltygloo, the worlds first 3D Printed pavilion printed entirely from locally harvested sea salt.
By bringing XL 3D printed projects from all over the world together in one exhibition space the Design Exchange sparks the debate on the future of additive manufacturing at a scale that goes beyond product and design.
DUS architects 3D Print Canal House and Potato Table Ware can now be seen in Hands Off – New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology at the Museum of Craft and Design. The exhibition highlights 20 Dutch designers that interweave design, art and craft with modern technique. Unique in the way they use innovative methods to re-interpreted traditional ways of making.
Hands off includes designs of among others Marcel Wanders, Dirk van der Kooij, Studio Drift, Ted Noten and Borre Akkersdijk, utilizing technology that requires no making by hand in the traditional sense ;). It provides a showcase for new developed materials, new ways to use old technologies, and new ways of looking at and interacting with the world.
The exhibition is curated by Zahid Sardar, putting the exhibition together using four themes: Techno Craft, Biocraft, naturopaths and Hands Off. The works of the artists are all divided into one of these themes. The exhibition will continue until September 13. Later this year the exhibition will travel to Eindhoven and reopen there during the Dutch Design Week!
DUS architects was one of the finalist of the annual New Material Awards. This award is granted by the Nieuwe Instituut to a project for its innovative use and design of materials.
The printing material used by the XL 3D printer was nominated for this prize. The material, macromelt, is created by our German partner Henkel. It is a bio-based plastic, made from linseed oil, enriched with different additives making it an ideal material for printing building parts.
Although unfortunately we didnt won the prize, you can all have a look at the exhibition showing all the finalists in the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam until January 4.
On October 17th the Dutch European Commissioner Neelie Kroes for Digital Agenda visited our building site. DUS cofounders Hedwig Heinsman en Hans Vermeulen showed her around the expo and building site and explained the research project to the commissioner.
After the tour and lunch, a world moon necklace was given to Neelie Kroes. This is a unique silver necklace designed by DUS made with a 3D printed mold, that she wore later that day on De Wereld Draait Door tv show!
The Sustainability Entrepreneurship Award is the largest sustainability award worldwide. 320 entries from 65 countries where handed in this year. The SEA for Best Idea was awarded to DUS Architects. The SEA of Excellence has been presented to two persons this year: to Barack Obama for his efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and to The Ocean Cleanup a forward-thinking and passive form of collection to clean the oceans of plastic. Further prizes were awarded in eight categories all of them pioneering, innovative ideas that are m
aking a high social contribution towards a sustainably positive future.
The 3rd SEA Gala was held at the Sophiensäle in Vienna, with around 250 high-calibre international guests from business, science, politics and society. Hedwig Heinsman, who co-founded DUS together with Hans Vermeulen and Martine de Wit in 2004, represented the firm and the team of the 3D Print canal House at the event. The award was handed over by member of the jury, EU parliament member Lambert van Nistelrooij.
During his visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The 3D Print Canal House was presented to United States President Barack Obama by the Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan. In addition to the historical Nightwatch, the visit also focused on new innovations in Amsterdam. The 3D Print Canal House researches how 3D printing techniques can offer solutions to housing questions worldwide.
President Obama visited the Rijksmuseum together with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van de Laan and director of the Rijksmuseum Wim Pijbes. Immediately next to the historical Nightwatch a piece of the future of Amsterdam was presented: the Worlds first 3D printed canal house. Mayor van der Laan showed several scale models of the 3D Print Canal House as well as a 1:1 print at the full size of 1.5 by 2 by 2.5 meters.
The 3D Print Canal House is a unique research project because it combines history and future: a canal house is 3D-printed in full size with the KamerMaker, a large moveable 3D-printer that was developed specially for this project. This building project addresses the question of how digital production techniques can offer affordable housing solutions worldwide, for example in slums or in disaster areas, as well as looking at how digital designs can be shared and modified via the internet and new online networks. The 3D Print Canal House is printed with newly developed materials derived from biobased raw materials. It is also possible to print with recycled plastics.
The 3D Print Canal House is supported by a large eco-system of cross-sectoral partners.
The 3D Print Canal House is supported by a large eco-system of cross-sectoral partners.
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3D-print building techniques make architecture personal again. Just imagine… It wont be long before you can online select your favorite room designs made by your favourite architects, and customize them to your personal taste. You add personal data, such as size limits and location, and the rooms are then digitally connected and merged into your ideal house. You can 3D print scale models of the house, and when youre totally content with the design, contact a contractor with a KamerMaker, and place the order. This bridges the gap between designer, client and builder and makes architecure truly architecture personal.
Digital prodcution of architecture is an excellent tool when complex and tailormade architecture is required. New custom-made interiors for excisting buildings for instance. Just imagine you 3D scan an building structure. then digitally design a bathroom that exactly suits the space, which is then 3D printed and inserted on site in a day. No labourous timberwork on site, no mess.. a perfect match!
At the 3D Print Canal House, we offer you the possibility to learn more about the project and to speak
At the 3D Print Canal House, we offer you the possibility to learn more about the project and to speak to one of the enthusiastic DUS employees. Everything we do is personal and custom made – feel free to contact us about other options.
Please note that presentations and bookings are possible from Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 17:00. For reservations outside these times, extra charges may apply. Please contact for more information.
For those who want to go more in depth, DUS architects offer custom made presentations for groups or even individuals. We have a special lecture room which looks over the building site. A presentation goes in depth about the design philosophy and background of DUS and allows you to engage in a dialogue about the project.
Each presentation includes a personal tour.
Costs: €500,- ex VAT for a group of max 25 people. (larger groups possible upon request).
Presentations can be booked on Monday – Friday. If you wish to book a tour on a Saturday, please contact for options.
A weekend supplement of 150% applies.
A presentation by one of the founders and partners of DUS or a custom made program is possible upon request.
At the 3D Print Canal House we always give tours, presentations and programmes that are organised and made based on what you want.
Therefore, we prefer bookings to be made at least one week in advance. An invoice will be sent after the visit with all payment details.
Please note that the cancellation policy is as follows:
Up to 3 days in advance: no charges.
3 days – 24 hours in advance: 50% of the payment has to be made.
Less than 24 hours in advance: full payment of the programme.
(This does not apply for the walk-in tours on Wednesdays).
The 3D Print Canal House and other projects by DUS architects have been widely published in news papers
The 3D Print Canal House and other projects by DUS architects have been widely published in news papers and magazines, including The New York Times,The GuardianDomus, Asahi News, Frankfurter Allgemeine,DezeenNRC Handelsblad, Volkskrant,Financial Times, The India Times, Time Magazine,Die WeltandNational Geographic Magazine.
The 3D Print Canal House project was also featured in several national and international tv shows, includingBBC NewsAl Jazeera NewsDe Wereld Draait DoorZDF NewsandLarry King Now.
INTERNSHIPS PARAMETRIC DESIGN / 3D PRINTING
DUS offers internships to highly motivated
INTERNSHIPS PARAMETRIC DESIGN / 3D PRINTING
DUS offers internships to highly motivated interns with excellent parametric design skills for a minimum period of 6 months. Applicants must excel in Rhino and Grasshopper and have a great sense of (building product) design and affinity for 3D printing and innovative techniques.
Send an email with your resume and a small portfolio (max 3MB) to Boh Learn Toh:
Second XL 3D printer is in the making. Together with construction studio Fiction Factory we are assembling and installing the XL 3D printer on the building site. We are super excited to start working with it and experience its upgraded features!
The second silver container can be spotted next to the first XL 3D printer on the site. With a similar shiny silver appearance to the first printer, it doesnt give much away about its improved features. But beauty comes from within: the second XL 3D printer really is a XL 3D printer 2.0: it has an automated material input and remote control. As a result the control room at the top of the XL 3D printer can be dismissed, giving us up to 200% of the original print volume. And we never have to climb the steep stair to refill the printer anymore. Moreover, we can upload files when and wherever we want. XL 3D printer 2.0 is controlled via its own website and will print 24/7 because it has an integrated drying system!
We recently broke our speed record with the first XL 3D printer. The maximum speed we tested was 240 mm/s. That is the size of your water bottle every second. XL 3D printer 2.0 will even print faster and still be more sustainable because it consumes less energy. Soon we will be able to print not just twice as fast with two printers, but more than three times as fast! (and counting)
Less than one year ago we moved the XL 3D printer to its current location. Now Fiction Factory is building up the second XL 3D printer – soon well be able to print more, better and faster!
By attaching two powerful fans to the printer head of the XL 3D printer we are again able to print faster! This especially benefits the (parts of) pieces that have a small surface area. Before, we had to slow down the printer with these pieces because the track
it has to follow is smaller, thus leaving less time for the previous layer to harden. The fans quicken the hardening process of the previous layer, allowing us to print faster and more accurate.
With the update of its engine, the XL 3D printer is now printing at more than three times its initial speed! Since we didnt want to climb the steep stairs anymore to refill the printer every 20 minutes or so, weve printed an enlargement of the container that holds the printing material.
The XL 3D printer is moved to the construction site of the 3D Print Canal House! Now It wont be long before we can 3D print on site!
The start of a test print with a new hotmelt from Henkel.
The canal house design continues to evolve and our tests continue to grow as we break the 2.5m barrier!
Snapshot movie of last Saturdays 3D-print-test researching new material settings and constructive ornament ideas.
Partner DOEN visited the KamerMaker. We had a nice analogue presentation and discussion about the effects and future possibilities of 3D printing.
Today the KamerMaker is one of the Amsterdam locations for the international press visit in the context of the Coronation fever. Crews from Russia, Japan, Costa Rica, Germany, Norway and many others where interested to see the innovative side of Amsterdam.
Today we celebrated the launch of the building of the Worlds first 3D-printed Canal House. Amsterdam deputy mayor Carolien Gehrels, Amsterdam Smart City partners, the Amsterdam Economic Board, the Dutch Building Industries and DUS architects with the KamerMaker team signed a letter of intent and secure the start of the first building phase in 2013. It starts today!
Adding virtual layers to our canal house! We had a very nice meeting with augmented reality artist Sander Veenhof, testing the merging of 3D printing and augmented reality. The result was shown live at Vodafone Firestarters
The KamerMaker has been printing during the recent snow period! Stichting DOEN also gave us a visit to talk about what the KamerMaker will do in the upcoming year. We gave them a little demonstration.
We are assembling our new high-tec extruder for the KamerMaker with Servan from Xtrution,JorisandSiert!
almost the end of 2012… heres a sneak peek of our future plans… what if we could 3D Print a house, room by room, with the XL 3D printer?
The KamerMaker has been open for almost 4 weeks now and we wanted to give you a update on the printing research and development.
We are currently test printing with an extruder whichJoriscreated especially for the KamerMaker. The design for the extruder is based on anUltimaker, however it accepts 3 filaments of plastic rather than one. The extruder was assembled from 3d printed parts (which were printed on an Ultimaker) and laser cut wood pieces. The output of the extruder is not enough for XXL prints (2m x 2m x 3.5m) but so far it has worked for XL prints (.5m x .5m x 2m).
Last Friday, we planned on printing a 1.5m tall column over the course of one day, however the weather did not cooperate with us, so we had to start our print in the afternoon and continue into the evening. Even though we didnt achieve the height we wanted, it was a great opportunity to see what the KamerMaker looks like at night.
Since the opening we have been receiving a steady stream of visitors at the KamerMaker. The visitors have ranged from designers/design students who would like to print an object to local residents who are curious about the project. Many people have asked when and how they can print their own design on the KamerMaker, however we are not ready for that at this time. The plan is that over the next few months we will continue to test different extruders and really perfect the technique. After we have successfully printed several pieces and feel the print quality is up to par, then we will open up the KamerMaker to other designers. Until then, everyone is welcome to stop by the KamerMaker to follow the live testing and experimenting.
The XL 3D printer is officially up and running! On Sunday we celebrated the opening of the worlds largest portable 3d printer in the front garden of our office. We had great weather for the opening and there was a large and diverse turnout. Thanks again to Carolien Gehrels, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam for helping us officially open the XL 3D printer.
We have to thank all the collaborators for their hard and dedication to the project. Thanks again to the Open Coop, Ultimaker Ltd, Rooie Joris, Fablab Protospace, Fiction Factory, Faberdashery, Xtrution, Almond Techniek, Tentech, Stamhuis Techniek, Amsterdam Energie and other volunteer enthusiasts which helped make the XL 3D printer opening such a success.
And here is a video of the opening which was shot by Siert Wijnia from Ultimaker:
We would like to invite EVERYONE to the official opening of the KamerMaker on September 16th in front garden of our office in Amsterdam. Feel free to stop by to see the KamerMaker in action. Stay tuned for more details
We have been working withJorisat Protospace to develop a new high powered Ultimaker extruder which uses 3 plastic filaments at one once instead of one. This is still a rough prototyp.