3D printed housing showcased at Downtown Design
"Stay Plastic" idea is to use recycled plastic to manufacture 3D printed mansion blocks
A series of 3D printed plastic mansion blocks made entirely from recycled plastic could be the answer to housing and recycling in the future.
"Stay Plastic" is a project currently being exhibited at Dubai's second edition of design fair, Downtown Design, by architecture student Renjie Huang from the Royal College of Art in London. The project is designed to solve two problems, the fact that the cost of plastic is rising and that only 50% of it gets recycled.
According to Huang's collected data, over 15,000,000 plastic bottles are used per day in Britain and at the same time oil prices have pushed the price of recycled plastic up by 300% over the last ten years. The need to recycle plastic would thus match the will to envision new means of contraction.
"In the built environment, large scale additive manufacturing has been largely concerned with replicating conventional architectural models, ignoring the possibilities of the material and process ... Stay Plastic proposes a construction process distinct from traditional machining techniques. The design is lead by intricate sequential layering that allows for the most material efficient but spatially generous units." Said Huang.
The project, which speculates how emerging techniques in 3D printing could investigate an architecture completely built from recycled plastic, is not only rendered through 3D digital models and images but it is also "prototyped" and made physical, through the use of Huang's own Delta FDM 3D printer, as a proof of concept.
The idea is to implement a generative voronoi geometry to create a modular system that can be built through the use of mobile industrial-size 3D printing arms which would take the use of plastic as a building material to a new scale, compared to other projects such as the famous Canal House being 3D printed in Amsterdam.
Downtown Design is open to industry professionals and trade visitors every day until October 30 from 12.00pm - 8:00pm.