|Summary (Max 280 characters)||The DFAB House is the world’s first home designed, planned, and built with mainly digital processes—and it's entirely powered by the sun. Click "Solutions" to submit ideas or comment and vote on ideas from other people.|
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Developed by eight ETH Zurich professors in collaboration with planning professionals and industry experts, the DFAB House is a three-story residential unit perched atop Empa and Eawag’s NEST research and innovation building.
The structure showcases an array of pioneering ETH-developed construction processes, including: Mesh Mould technology, in which an autonomous “In Situ Fabricator” robot builds a 3D mesh formwork for concrete load-bearing walls; Smart Slab, a lightweight concrete slab with 3D-printed sand formwork that’s less than half the weight of a conventional concrete slab; Smart Dynamic Casting, an automatic robotic slip-forming process; and Spatial Timber Assemblies, a digital prefabrication process that uses a dual robot system to create timber frame modules.
Although robots and digital processes are the predominate building forces involved, people are still very much part of the construction process. The construction team manually filled in formwork, bolted CNC-milled and 3D-printed pieces into place, and tweaked the digital design process.