3D printing technology will show European leaders in Amsterdam
The Netherlands officially assumed the right of the dominant body in the Council of the European Union. During 6 months, high-ranking officials will hold hundreds of meetings in Amsterdam at a high level.
All this happens in a rather turbulent time for the European Union, whose cohesion is now being checked by the crisis of migrants and the permanent threats of the UK to withdraw from the bloc, if the controversial reforms are not revised.
However, a team of Dutch designers is offered a chance to demonstrate new technologies in construction, including 3D printing and modular collapsible buildings.
Since supremacy is granted only for 6 months, the Netherlands decided to use university buildings to house ministers and other senior officials.
The focus of diplomatic activity will be European construction projects and in particular the historic naval port of Amsterdam Marine Establissment.
Modular and collapsible buildings with an area of 20 x 35 m. Were built by Neptunus. The entrance and facade of bioplastics resemble billowing white sails. They were designed by DUS Architects and Heijmans using 3D printing technology.
In total, this building will host 135 meetings, during which 17,500 officials and well-known ministers will study modern construction methods, they say at Heijmans. This Dutch construction company is involved in many innovative projects, including the construction of a steel bridge in Amsterdam and a road lighting system.
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Benches, which are also designed and printed using 3D technology, are set up in the recesses under the sails. At sunset, the benches and the back of the facade are illuminated with slowly pulsating spotlights.
“It’s wonderful to see passers-by resting here. This will no doubt be a popular place to hang out, ”says Martin Van Wake of DUS Architects.
According to Heijmans, parts of the design were made on site by a large 3D printer that is capable of printing 2m x 2m x 3.5m items using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology.
Using this method, it was possible to melt the bioplastic and impose a layer upon layer using computer control of the print head. Heijmans say that the applied layers are clearly visible in the final product.