Technology is definitely allowing us to do some very interesting things these days. It’s only been a few years since we were introduced to the modern smartphone as we know it. Back in 2007, when Apple unveiled the very first iPhone, things changed forever. We had never considered that our mobile phones could actually become tiny computers, whose voice calling functionality would almost seem like something of an afterthought. Even more remarkable is the tablet market as it exists today. Before 2010, the tablet computer was a largely unrealized dream. When the iPad came out, however, it showed us that the tablet computer could indeed be done very well. Now, only three years later, there is a whole market of competing tablet computers (with four versions of Apple’s venerable iPad leading the charge) that didn’t exist back in 2010. Technology is moving at blinding speeds, and is allowing us to do amazing and futuristic things.
If you’re at all interested in the latest technological developments, you’ve probably heard about an amazing thing called 3D printing. While this technology is still relatively new, it’s shaking things up in a lot of fields, as it allows for models to be created in entirely new ways. 3D printing refers to the process by which a three-dimensional model is created by adding layer upon layer until the model is complete. 3D printers have been built to work with a variety of materials, and the possibilities presented by this exciting new technology are pretty far-reaching, indeed. We’re still trying to figure out what kinds of things we can do with 3D printing, and one architect from the Netherlands has decided he wants to go big.
Since the technology was first developed, architects have definitely been trying to figure out how they might be able to use 3D printing to create something like an entire house. Of course, a structure like this is pretty complicated. One architect, however, thinks he might very well be able to do it in the near future. Janjaap Ruijssenaars is a Dutch architect who believes that he might be able to use 3D printing technology to create the first one-piece house, and he believes that he might be able to do as quickly as the year 2014. While there’s not really a way for him to create something like this presently, he does expect that within the next year or two he’ll be able to complete the process and build the world’s first 3D-printed house.
The design resembles the infinity symbol, or a Möbius strip, and will actually be completed by assembling multiple parts created by 3D printers. This technology is definitely going to help us go above and beyond simple things like brochure printing, and might even be responsible for the house in which you live a few years down the road. Whether or not 3D printing will take off as the next method for home construction remains to be seen. It will be exciting, however, to see Ruijssenaars’ design realized, and learn whether the first 3D-printed house will be habitable or not.