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These custom, igloo-shaped workspaces are 3D-printed with recycled PET


ArchiTech Company in the Netherlands has designed a 3D-printed, modular pavilion using waste from the local port industry. Known as R-IGLO, the igloo-like workspaces represent a completely circular design made from recycled PET plastic that can be reused continuously.


The materials are sourced within the historic M4H harbor area in Rotterdam, a major port community known for its modern architecture. Actual construction of these 3D-printed pavilions takes place in M4H as well, supporting local businesses and making this project more sustainable. The large company warehouses in the area often lack comfortable, separate workspaces; the project, which is a collaboration between ArchiTech Company in the Rotterdam Makers District, Royal3D and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, solves this problem. The modular construction uses linkable panels of different sizes so the entire pavilion is easily assembled, disassembled, moved and stored. Owners can include or remove additional elements to enlarge or reduce the size of the pavilion. R-IGLO utilizes one of the world’s largest CFAM printers, which stands for “Continuous Fiber Additive Manufacturing.” At its full capacity, the machine prints 15 kilos per hour, meaning the entire 4 x 2 x 1.5-meter workspace can be completed in just 10 days. Thanks to Royal3D’s […]

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