Described as the “World’s First Movable 3D Print Pavilion”, KamerMaker opened to the world on September 16, 2012 in front garden of their office in Amsterdam. Housed in a trailer sized metallic shipping container is their 3D printer which is intended to print very large creations.
KamerMaker, which translates to “room maker” in English, has the goal of taking recycled wasted plastics and turning it into everyday objects – plates, glasses, furniture or even small boats. Unlike the consumer 3-D printers (see related article on MakerBot), which are limited to building objects that are less than a cubic foot, the KamerMaker will eventually be able to make constructs up to 500 cubic feet.
One idea is that the shippable pavilion can be quickly deployed to a disaster area and use the recycled plastics in the area for re-building. Just imagine that this machine can on-demand build temporary structures, portable toilets, tables, chairs and beds to create a temporary community using discarded plastics!
They are also working to bring the community together to raise awareness about plastics re-use and re-cycling. The ability to easily bring a 3-D pavilion to a community and show them live how waste plastic can be transformed into useful items is amazing. KamerMaker is also part of the MakerBot “Thingverse” where digital designs are shared so that everyone with access to a 3D printer can use, modify and re-use ideas from the 3D community.
Making a room-sized, or even a room itself, is not inexpensive. However, the same can be said for computer when it was first introduced. As technology advances, and the ability to use ordinary plastics is perfected, it’s expected we’ll see large scale 3D printing at the local mall and small 3D printing done at home on personal printers.