The French family lived in the house, printed on a 3D printer

 Французская семья поселилась в доме, напечатанном на 3D-принтере

Family Ramdani became the first in the world, settled in printed on a 3D printer home. Its construction cost of $233 thousand

House of 95 m2 printed a little more than two days. To live in a family of five – parents and three children. Ramdani the first people in the world who decided to settle in this building.

Print four-bedroom house took two days. And the creation of roofs, Windows and doors took another four months. The developers claim that in the future the same house can be reprinted several times, and then construction will go a day and a half.

The aim of the architects was to make the construction process not only faster, but cheaper, and they achieved it. The family home of Ramdenic cost nearly $233 thousand, which is 20% less than when using conventional building technologies. Impressive, isn’t it?

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 Французская семья поселилась в доме, напечатанном на 3D-принтере


 Французская семья поселилась в доме, напечатанном на 3D-принтере

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 Французская семья поселилась в доме, напечатанном на 3D-принтере

The Capital – Paris

Largest cities: Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, nice

Form of government Presidential– parliamentary Republic

Territory – 674 685 km 2 (48th in the world)

The population is 64.5 million people (22nd in the world)

The official language is French

Religion – Catholicism

HDI – 0,888 (22nd in world)

GDP – $2,829 trillion (6th in the world)

Currency – Euro

Borders: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain,


This house was created in collaboration between Nantes University, city Council and the housing Association. The leading innovator of the city Council, Frankie, Tricia (Francky Trichet) said that the main goal of this project was to determine whether 3D printing to become a key building solution to apply to different types of communal buildings. Trichet believes that this concept can affect urban development as a whole.

The family home of Ramdane was designed by a team of scientists and architects, after which their work began and a 3D printer. He printed layers of walls from floor to ceiling. Builders had only to insert Windows and doors and do the roof.

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3D Printing Textures (.zpr file translation not working in V6)


RH6 (SR6) has some issues exporting textures to 3D printing formats. We have a Projet660Pro and the Zcorp file extension zpr normally supports texture maps and color. However, the file translation/export seems to come short of retaining the colors there a workaround in RH6?. Or is this something to be forwarded to the software engineers at 3D Systems?. !

3D Print Sample 1-7500 v5.3dm (4.0 MB)

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Are you saying that the .zpr export works differently between V5 and V6? That code didn’t change at all for V6. But there were changes elsewhere with the way strings are handled. I couldn’t get your model to render right in V5 or V6. All black in V5 and all gray in V6. If I make a box in V6 and add a texture to it using your image I am able to roundtrip that .zpr file back into V6 the material is there. If you render in V6 it will show up gray but you can save the model as V5 and open there or open the .zpr directly in V5 and it will render properly. (9.3 MB)
(There’s something going on with materials from plugins in V6 right now, obj has the same problem).

Is 3D printing the future of social housing?

A family in France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D-printed house. The four-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. Could it cause a shift in the building industry?

With curved walls designed to reduce the effects of humidity and digital controls for disabled people, this house could be an expensive realisation of an architect’s vision.

But having taken 54 hours to print – with four more months for contractors to add in things such as windows, doors and the roof – its cost of around £176,000 to build makes it 20% cheaper than an identical construction using more traditional solutions.

The team now believe they could print the same house again in only 33 hours.

The 95m (1022ft) square house – built for a family of five with four bedrooms and a big central space in Nantes – is a collaboration between the city council, a housing association and University of Nantes.

Francky Trichet, the council’s lead on technology and innovation, says the purpose of the project was to see whether this type of construction could become mainstream for housing, and whether its principles could be applied to other communal buildings, such as sports halls.

He believes the process will disrupt the construction industry.

“For 2,000 years there hasn’t been a change in the paradigm of the construction process. We wanted to sweep this whole construction process away,” he says.

“That’s why I’m saying that we’re at the start of a story. We’ve just written, ‘Once upon a time’.”

Now, he says, their work will “force” private companies to “take the pen” and continue the narrative.

The house has been built in a deprived neighbourhood in the north of the town and was partly funded by the council.

Nordine and Nouria Ramdani, along with their three children, were the lucky ones chosen to live there.

“It’s a big honour to be a part of this project,” says Nordine.

“We lived in a block of council flats from the 60s, so it’s a big change for us.

“It’s really something amazing to be able to live in a place where there is a garden, and to have a detached house.”

How does it work?

The house is designed in a studio by a team of architects and scientists, then programmed into a 3D printer.

The printer is then brought to the site of the home.

It works by printing in layers from the floor upwards. Each wall consists of two layers of the insulator polyurethane, with a space in-between which is filled with cement.

This creates a thick, insulated, fully-durable wall.

The windows, doors, and roof are then fitted. And, voila, you have a home.

The house was the brainchild of Benoit Fouret, who heads up the project at University of Nantes.

He thinks that in five years they will reduce the cost of the construction of such houses by 25% while adhering to building regulations, and by 40% in 10 to 15 years. This is partly because of the technology becoming more refined and cheaper to develop and partly because of economies of scale as more houses are built.

Printing, he adds, also allows architects to be far more creative with the shapes of the houses they are building.

For example, the house in Nantes was built to curve around the 100-year-old protected trees on the plot.

The curve also improves the home’s air circulation, reducing potential humidity and improving thermal resistance.

The building in Nantes was also designed for disabled people, with wheelchair access and the ability for everything to be controlled from a smartphone.

It is also more environmentally-friendly than traditional construction, as there is no waste.

Mr Fouret’s dream is now to create a suburban neighbourhood with the same building principles.

He says he is currently working on a project in the north of Paris to print 18 houses.

He is also working on a large commercial building which will measure 700 metres square, he adds.

“Social housing is something that touches me personally,” Mr Fouret says.

“I was born in a working-class town.

“I lived in a little house. My parents – who are very old now – still live in the same house.

“The street is a row of little houses, one next to the other, all identical.

“And here I wanted to create a house that is social housing, but with much more modern architecture.”

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