Building with robots and 3D printers

Computer generated visualisation of the DFAB HOUSE (Image: NCCR Digital Fabrication)

At the Empa and Eawag NEST building in Dübendorf, eight ETH Zurich professors are collaborating with business partners to build the three-storey DFAB HOUSE. It is the first house in the world to be designed, planned and built using predominantly digital processes.

As part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, architects, robotics specialists, materials scientists, structural engineers and sustainability experts from ETH Zurich have teamed up with business partners to bring several new digital building technologies from the laboratory into practice. Construction is taking place at NEST, the modular research and innovation building that Empa and Ea-wag built on their campus in Dübendorf to test new building and energy technologies under real-life conditions.

NEST offers a central support structure with three open platforms, where individual construction projects – known as innovation units – can be installed. Construction recently began on the DFAB HOUSE.