A Swedish door and window company will soon begin manufacturing fenestration products with a 3-D printer.

According to a report from 3DPrint.com, NorDan AB has contracted to purchase a 3-D printer from BLB Industries, another Swedish company. The device will enable NorDan to manufacture windows up to 1.5 meters wide and 2.5 meters tall. BLB Industries will deliver the 3-D printer to NorDan this spring.

The dual-extruding 3-D printer can produce windows out of many different polymers as well as from biocomposites such as non-fossil-based raw materials and polymers mixed with wood, straw, cork and hemp.

NorDan AB says it’s undertaking 3-D printing to save time and money. The company was founded in 1926 and sells windows across the European market. It has production facilities in Norway, Sweden and Poland and employs about 1,600 workers.

While many window companies, including Crystal Window and Door Systems in the U.S., use 3-D printers to make prototypes, Nordan AB says it will use its printer both for testing and to mass-produce products for the consumer market.

NorDan AB’s new initiative is the latest example of how 3-D printing has evolved from an experimental technology into one with real-world applications in the construction industry. For example, Ukrainian company PassivDom says it can produce a self-powered home in eight hours using the technology. The compact house, which costs about $32,000, runs on solar power.

In 2015, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee showed off its capabilities by printing a small house.

And Apis Cor, a start-up based in San Francisco, says it has the ability to print a sturdy concrete house in 24 hours for about $10,000.

3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process in which layers of material are added on top of one another to produce an object. It uses a computer, 3-D modeling software, a specialized machine for “printing” and storage containers for the layering material.

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