Turns out dreams really do come true, and, at least in Minnesota, you can be king of your own castle.
Paying out of his own pocket and devoting two years so far to the project, romantic Andrey Rudenko first built a 3D-printer of his own design, then this Disney-worthy 161.5-square-foot castle in his own backyard. Initially inspired to work on 3D printing because of its implications for creating disaster-withstanding homes, Rudenko soon shifted from designing for extreme weather to more whimsical environments. His goal, though, remains to 3D-print a full-scale livable house in one go — and he's seeking collaborators and funders to that end.
Rigorously investigating and planning for every specification of his castle, from density of cement mix to requirements for layers, Rudenko ultimately printed 10-millimeter-high layers of concrete that measure 30 millimeters in width, with rebars in the bottom and top walls.
“My goal will be to print 24 hours a day until the project is finished,” Rudenko told Inhabitat. “I’m also planning to print the structure in one piece; printing the castle turrets by themselves was a bad idea as they were extremely difficult to lift and place.”