Project Info

Research Program

The beginning of 3D concrete printing for this project has its origins in 2005. In 2015, the original experiment was followed up on a much larger scale.

Finally, the time had come in 2005. After two years of development and many tests, for the first time in the world a wall was successfully printed with concrete mortar in one working step. In two hours, a structure 3.5 meters long, over 2 meters high and 15 cm wide was created from dry dust. Made with the High Tech Beamix mortar & equipment technology of the time and a hand-operated printer! 3D printing of concrete was born. Since there was no market demand and nobody knew what else we could do with this, the project and the mortar were shelved. It took another 10 years before the time and the market were ready for this innovative technology.


In 2015, Eindhoven University of Technology launched the 3D Concrete Printing (3DCP) research program. To fund and carry the 3DCP program, TU/e found a group of contractors, building material suppliers and engineering firms. Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix is of course not to be missed in this selection. After all, the inventor of dry mortar brings not only mortar technology, but also the knowledge and experience in the field of mechanization and pumping.

But the partners wanted more than this. Fundamental research and experimentation led to predictability in the behavior of material and equipment, under varying conditions. This has ensured that structural elements and structures are now produced responsibly.

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  • Project Milestone

    An innovative project is changing the future of construction in the Eindhoven new housing estate of Meerhoven in the Netherlands. After the first commercial 3D printed concrete house was realized in 2021, the remaining four houses will be printed this year. These are expected to be available on the market by mid-2025, setting new standards in modern comfort, sustainability and architectural...

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  • High ambitions

    Building on the success and lessons learned from the first home, the final four homes will consist of two and three floors. These homes demonstrate the design flexibility of 3D concrete printing, with load-bearing interior walls and multi-functional exterior walls. Printing will begin in 2024 and completion is expected in mid-2025. This project will once again push the boundaries of 3D...

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  • Trumps in hand

    Concrete has been a fundamental ingredient in construction for decades and is undergoing a revolution when combined with 3D printing technology. This technology enables precise placement of concrete, reducing material waste and CO2 emissions. The freedom of form offered by 3D printing enables intricate designs and shapes previously impossible with traditional methods. This flexibility...

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  • Research Program

    The beginning of 3D concrete printing for this project has its origins in 2005. In 2015, the original experiment was followed up on a much larger scale.

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  • Living in Bosrijk

    The 3D concrete printed houses are in Bosrijk in the new housing estate Meerhoven, Eindhoven. A high level of ambition in terms of sustainability and spatial and architectural quality was set in the development of Bosrijk. For example, the houses will have no natural gas connection.

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