3D Hubs’ Maker Communities Collaborate to Create Miniature Version of World’s First 3D Print Canal House | Amsterdam

3D Hubs, DUS Architects, and the Dutch Consulate General partner to bring miniature 3D Print Canal House to life for display in NYC and Washington D.C.

AMSTERDAM – May 2, 2014 –3D Hubs (http://www.3dhubs.com), the world’s largest collaborative 3D printer network, today announced the creation of a miniature version of the world’s first 3D Print Canal House in collaboration with DUS Architects, and the Dutch Consulate General of New York, in a project underwritten and sponsored by ING. More than 10 3D Hubs communities joined forces to 3D print the 220 orange blocks needed to build the miniature canal house. Each of the blocks represents a full build for a 3D printer platform. Standing over five feet tall, the Canal House Kids will be on display at the Dutch Consulate General of Washington D.C. for its Annual Open Day on May 10, and will then travel back for display at the Dutch Consulate General of New York City.

The miniature 3D Print Canal House is a replica of the life-size 3D Print Canal House designed by DUS Architects, which was recently viewed by U.S. President Barack Obama and is currently under construction in Amsterdam. The 3D Print Canal House links history with future innovations and researches how 3D printing techniques can offer solutions to housing questions worldwide. A video of the full size 3D printed canal house may be viewed at http://vimeo.com/87843940.

“The miniature 3D Print Canal House is special to us in many ways, as it is the first time one of our designs has been entirely digitally fabricated by a large community of makers without our physical presence,” said Martine de Wit, partner at DUS Architects. “3D printing can have huge implications for the way products are fabricated, and we are proud to be at the forefront of investigating what the implications of 3D printing are for the building industry.”

According to a recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute, “3D printing could generate economic impact of $230 billion to $550 billion per year by 2025, and the largest source of potential impact among sized applications would be from consumer uses, followed by direct manufacturing and the use of 3D printing to create tools and molds.”

“We’re proud to partner with DUS Architects, the Dutch Consulate General and ING in making the miniature 3D Print Canal House a reality,” said Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder of 3D Hubs. “This partnership demonstrates what can happen when you combine unique design with an online maker community and digital fabrication techniques to build locally created, large-scale 3D printed objects in a very short amount of time.”

About 3D Hubs

3D Hubs is a collaborative production platform for 3D printer owners and people who want to print. Our mission is to make 3D printing accessible to everyone by unlocking the world’s idle 3D printers, and to help people print 3D customized products locally every day. 3D Hubs is the world’s largest network of 3D printers with over 4,400 printing locations in 80 countries (and counting). Founded in April 2013 by two former 3D Systems employees and based in Amsterdam, 3D Hubs is a privately held company backed by Balderton Capital and Rockstart Accelerator. Read our blog, follow us on Twitter, or learn more at http://www.3dhubs.com.

About DUS Architects

Based in Amsterdam, DUS Architects make public architecture – design that consciously influences everyday life. DUS designs things that make you feel at home in the world – from your favorite coffee mug to the neighborhood that you live in. To DUS, architecture is a craftsmanship, and all their work has a personal touch. As is shown by their most recent project, the 3D Print Canal House, where they are 3D printing an entire house as a research into how new digital fabrication techniques can lead to affordable tailor-made architecture. Learn more at http://www.dusarchitects.com.

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About 3D Hubs

3D Hubs is the fastest 3D print solution for product designers and engineers that do prototyping and short production runs. With service providers connected in over 160 countries, 3D Hubs is the world’s largest network of 3D printing services. 3D Hubs was founded in April 2013 in Amsterdam.