3D Printing Taking Further Steps – Here Comes the First 3D Printed House

If you’re a technology freak like I am, you just can’t have missed 3D printing. This new technology is expanding and evolving at an almost scary rate, from the first simplistic shapes just a couple of years ago to the latest being – get this – a 3D printed house. That’s right, Dutch architects are testing the technology in building houses for the very first time, just as we speak.

Just in case you’ve somehow managed to miss this new technological phenomenon, with 3D printing you basically have a machine (the printer) which constructs just about anything you want for you. You just put in the material (which is just plastic in most cheaper versions for personal use, but can be basically anything in more advanced versions) and enter a blueprint into a connected computer. The printer starts creating, and you can basically get whatever you desire – including, apparently, a house.

“With 3D Printing, There’s Zero Waste”

3D Printing Taking Further Steps – Here Comes the First 3D Printed HouseThe creators behind this new projects are the Dutch firm Dus Architects, who are now creating the first house in a Northern part of Amsterdam. According to Hedwig Heinsman of Dus, the primary reason is environment: “The building industry is one of the most polluting and inefficient industries out there. With 3D printing there is zero waste, reduced transportation costs, and everything can be melted down and recycled. This should revolutionize how we make our cities.”

As the 3D printers produce the actual house on site (made from shipped in material), the transportation costs are severely decreased, which is of extra high importance in an urban city like Amsterdam.

The Grown Ups’ Lego Machine

The actual building reminds us a lot of lego, as Dus Architects create piece after piece and then putting them together in a previously mapped out pattern. After three weeks on site, they have constructed a three meter high corner weighing approximately 180 kg, the first piece of the comlex puzzle. It’s still a slow process, which is expected to speed up as 3D printers become more efficient.

The printer in use is a KamerMaker, a scaled-up version of the common home 3D printer created with the firm Ultimaker. It works very similarly to a regular home printer, but can produce objects ten times the size, with a maximum of 2 x 2 x 3.5 meter.

The Future of 3D Printing

Grown Ups' Lego Machine 3D Printing Taking Further Steps – Here Comes the First 3D Printed House 23D printing has quickly grown to be one of the most promising technologies for the future, both for regular homes and professional environments. It’s not just a sci-fi machine for house construction, but has also seen experiments in vastly different fields such as surgery, fashion, food, and space travel. This is without a doubt a technology we can expect to see a lot from in the future, even though it’s always hard to know beforehand in what exact way.

Some predict 3D printers to have their domain in the home – to be used when you’re missing a screw or when a piece of kitchen appliance breaks down. Others predict it to be used in professional environments, and discuss how it’s already been used by surgeons to 3D print skulls or kneecaps. It’s always hard to tell the future, but the one thing we can say for sure is we’ll definitely see more of this.

Finding Relaxation in Everyday Life – Being in the Moment

In spite of common misconceptions, relaxation doesn’t have to be something that takes a lot of time every day – some people do indeed spend an hour every day doing morning yoga or spend several hours practicing slow eating or training at a gym, but it’s not like you have to. There are many people with extremely busy schedules who still manage to find relaxation in their everyday life, and one is simply focusing for a short while on being in the moment.

Being in the moment is a typical new age fluffy idea that’s hard to actually understand – what exactly does it really mean? Well, being in the moment simply means to notice all the small things around you for a short period of time, to focus on everything that constantly buzzes around without you noticing because you’re so caught up in something else – like they say, life is what happens when you’re too busy to notice. This is actually extremely relaxing, and if you just remember to do it you can do it practically anytime and anywhere, and it can take anything from five seconds to – if you’re going really hardcore – thirty minutes or an hour.

Slow Snacking and Slow Snacking

Slow Snacking and Slow Snacking Finding Relaxation in Everyday Life – Being in the MomentTo break out a concrete example which exists in most people’s lives, consider your morning coffee. It doesn’t really matter if you drink it before leaving for work or school, if you drink it at the office, or even if you make a stop at Starbucks on your way there. If you don’t like coffee, you can do the same with tea or juice or water. Just stand still for a moment, at least five seconds, drink your beverage and focus on everything around and inside you – the noise on the street, someone talking right next to you, the smell and taste of your drink. It sounds simple, but we rarely do this, and when we do it’s extremely relaxing.

A slightly more time demanding version of the above mentioned practice is what’s often referred to as “slow eating”. This is when you instead of rushing through your lunch makes sure to take as much time as possible, focusing on the aroma, taste, and smell of every bite, without exception. Close your eyes or dim the lights and feel the food on your tongue – this is an extremely relaxing practice that can really have a huge effect on your stressful day, but like previously mentioned it also takes more time than doing the same with coffee.

Think of the People around You

One interesting practice that can also be done without investing much time or effort is to stop and think of the world as it moves around you, and you with it. Without sounding too much like a 1970s hippie, thinking of the people walking and working around you is an extremely relaxing and soul strengthening practice. One thing that often makes it hard to relax properly is the inability to stop thinking of your constant worries, like relationships and work. Here you have a very effective way of learning how to drop everything, at least for a minute, and experience some pure relaxation.

Think of the People around You Finding Relaxation in Everyday Life – Being in the Moment 2Maybe you’re sitting on a train – look around. The girl in front of you has her own story, a lot of issues and questions on her mind – work, school, a relationship, maybe she recently found a new friend or maybe she is really excited about a potential new client. If you’re walking to the grocery store, look at the man tying his shoes by the curb. What’s his name? Where has he lived? What interesting anecdotes do he tell at dinner parties? The world is full of people with lives as rich as yours, we just don’t really think about it and by default take it all for granted.

The Strength of Relaxation

Relaxation is something almost everyone wants and needs, and still so very few manage to achieve it. I’ve often heard that it’s something that takes a lot of time and effort, but that’s just not true. All it takes is for you to stop once in a while, and spend a couple of seconds properly looking at the world around you. It’s alive, just like you, and that fact alone can certainly carry you a long way.

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