Pop-up architecture just got a little more pop-up. Yesterday, as part of OFF PICNIC (a corollary to Amsterdam’s annual media and technology festival PICNIC), the Dutch architecture firm DUS unveiled their KamerMaker (or “RoomBuilder”), the first mobile 3D printer with the capacity to print inhabitable pavilions. Based on the “Ultimaker” 3D printing machine, the KamerMaker prototype occupies a reflective chrome pavilion with the volume and technological wherewithal to generate large scale, 3D printed objects up to 2.2 meters in width, 2.2 meters in length, and 3.5 meters in height.
Unlike Italian engineer Enrico Dini’s 3D printer D-Shape, which raised eyebrows over two years ago with its ability to print inhabitable structures, the KamerMaker is mobile, challenging the notion of prefabrication by allowing architects and designers to design and build on site. And rather than focus on its exploration of form, the KamerMaker heavily promotes its potential to change several existing systems and solutions, such as the way we recycle (“What if we could recycle plastic into architecture?” the promotional video asks) and the way we solve urban problems (“What if we could 3D print temporary housing?”). In a nutshell (a 2.2 m x 2.2 m x 3.5 m chrome nutshell, to be exact) the KamerMaker strives to create “on demand architecture that responds to local needs.”