Here it is: the era of Mass Customizable, 100% Circular, 3D-Printed XL Architectural and Interior Products

Although construction 3D printing remains one of the most fascinating fields when it comes to technology applications, it truly lacks from mass customization. There is a bunch of companies out there that has been working on this challenge, but one of them has been able to reach a milestone: Aectual.

One of the most fascinating applications of 3D printing is seen in the construction & architecture industries. It still looks undoable, yet there is a bunch of companies that are pushing the boundaries of the technology in that area.  

Founded three years ago by three architects and 3D-print experts, the company has developed a platform with the same name. Over time, we have been covering some of the beautifully designed, modern 3D-printed architecture and interior items achieved by the company but all of them was always tailor-made.


Today, Aectual is going one step closer to its goal (which is to produce tailor-made buildings and interiors cleaner, faster, and better) by launching a design-to-delivery platform alongside the beta launch of its commercial web shop for consumers.

The beta process would reduce the cost of custom-made architectural products by 50%, which would be up to 10 times faster than the previous one. It would also eliminate waste, and reduce materials usages and CO2 emissions.

Aectual addresses a serious global challenge: the construction sector accounts for 39% of all global carbon emissions and is one of the largest polluting industries in the world. Aectual’s turnkey platform enables AEC professionals and consumers to create beautiful, customized XL 3D-printed buildings, architectural and interior design products from 100% recyclable, renewable materials that minimize waste and don’t harm the planet,” said Hedwig Heinsman, co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Aectual. “We enable world-class architects, designers and brands to realize their own bespoke designs on demand, at any scale and in any building, and to create truly unique, 100% sustainable products without being slowed down by extensive prototyping and long lead times.”

The main advantages of this 3D printing additive manufacturing process are that it is entirely waste-free and a majority of the company’s products utilize circular plant-based plastics.

After use, Aectual takes back the building products and directly recycles and reprints them into new products. Depending on the product type, this results in a 35% to 95% material reduction due to its parametric designs, the number of materials needed, special manufacturing and product design optimization.

The Aectual 3D-printed XL architectural platform features 12 signature products in seven categories that users can customize to their unique taste, including:

  • Flooring: terrazzo pattern — available in bio or ultra-thin bio
  • Furniture: curtains and bookcases
  • Façade Cladding and Wall Paneling
  • Outdoor: sun screens and canopies
  • Concrete Elements: stairs, pavements and façade cladding
  • Interior Design: planters, room dividers and table screens

From a technical perspective

The Aectual platform utilizes customizable engineered parametric products, an easy-to-use (customized) design dashboard and proprietary robotic XL 3D-print technology. AEC-industry professionals can upload and create their own product versions or simply go to the Aectual website, pick a terrazzo floor pattern, wall panel, room divider, or sun canopy, for example, and then customize it to their taste. Once ordered, Aectual 3D-prints and installs the product.

To facilitate global deployments, Aectual has built a stable international ecosystem, partnering with reliable multinationals such as Henkel (materials), ABB (robotics) and Arup (engineering). A key factor in Aectual’s success is the combination of the three pillars of the AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) into a one-stop-shop solution: digitally linking architectural design parameters with engineering constraints, and then producing a verified 3D-print file that is constructed with Aectual’s proprietary 3D-printing technology. The combination enables fast, high-quality product production on an industrial scale and makes custom-made architectural design available to the masses.

AEC-industry professionals are invited to participate and sign up for the Aectual enterprise beta version at Prices start at $24 per square foot (€200 euros per square meter) and items are typically more affordable than their conventional, custom-made counterparts. Consumers can choose from a selection of circular furniture and decorative pieces, such as room dividers, table screens and planters, which can be directly purchased or customized to the buyer’s exact taste. Prices start at €500 euros.

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