Astonishing 3D printed room was even designed by a computer

Pictures of the world's first 3D printed room have been released and the end result is truly magnificent.

More resembling and described as a grotto, the project Digital Grotesque was first visualised by computational architect Michael Hansmeyer, who created a computer software programme that used complex algorithms to create a fully-formed, almost baroque structure.

The design development process then took a year, as computer equipment and 3D printing techniques were not advanced enough to cope with the demands his software and architecture required. But after advancements in both fields the project, aided by Benjamin Dillenburger, could finally become reality.

Fabrication - the 3D printing - of the grotto took a month. The original virtual 3D objects were made up of 260 million surfaces, 30 billion voxels and took up 78GB of space. Physically, the elements were printed in sand, a combination of silicate and binder, and the final project measures 16 square metres. It is 3.2 metres. The frabrication team printed 11 tons of sandstone in total.

It's quite stunning though and looks old and classic, despite being designed and crafted with the most modern techniques known to man.

Surely its not too long now before we see a 3D printed house?