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Nordine and Nouria Ramdani.

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France is famous for its wine, cheese and two-week cycle race. Now it will be known to shake the construction industry with 3D printed houses.

Nordine and Nouria Ramdani, along with their three children, moved into a 1,022 square foot four-bedroom home on June 29th. to Ouest France, The Ramdanis moved in after two other families reportedly refused to live in the house.

The project was a collaboration between the City Council of Nantes, France, a housing association and the University of Nantes.

The house cost $ 207,000 (£ 176,000) and took 54 hours to print, according to BBC News, Builders needed another four months to add windows, doors and a roof.

The BBC estimates that a house built using conventional construction techniques would cost about 20 percent more.

This video shows how the 3D printing process works:

Printing a home gives architects more design freedom, as they can use free-flowing shapes in their design. Benoit FuretA professor at the University of Nantes, who led the project, told the BBC. For example, the house in Nantes was built to circle a 100 year old tree on the property. The house is also environmentally friendly because the construction process does not generate as much waste as traditional building processes.

Furet is working on a project to print 18 houses in Paris and a 7,500 square meter commercial building.

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