As soon as a device is introduced into the world, it begins to evolve. Computers become smaller, cars become more efficient, cameras become sharper, and naturally 3D printers can print bigger and bigger stuff. As far as that evolution goes, 3D printers just took a new step in their evolution.
Enter the KamerMaker from Dutch architecture firm DUS. Based on the no-nonsense design of their previous printer, the Ultimaker, the new and improved version is capable of printing objects up to 2.2 m X 2.2 m X 3.5 m. That means that it can spit out items the size of furniture and bigger. In fact, the KamerMaker is capable of printing inhabitable pavilions—roofed structures that can shelter people. Not to mention, the printer is mobile and can be moved on- and offsite as easily as any piece of equipment of its size.
One potentially industry-changing application of the KamerMaker is keeping it onsite at architectural builds, where designers can use it to print specific items or parts on demand. Imagine a structure that can be transformed based on the immediate need of the project. The portable nature of the KamerMaker also means it can go on location to provide a structural solution in situ, allowing designers to go from sketches to 3D model to actualized design on the go.
And, inevitably, once 3D printers of this magnitude get into the hands of the average person, we’re going to see a lot more crazy backyard structures. Here’s to the future.
[via: Art Info]