What’s New - How About 3D Printed Homes?

 

Are you familiar with 3D printing? It’s being taken to a new level with the printing of tiny homes. Some of the benefits of this new technology include:

  • Sustainable materials
  • 90 % Less Construction Waste
  • Water and Fire resistance
  • Ultra-Energy Efficient
  • Customizable
  • Lower costs compared to traditional methods
  • Speed … construction can be completed in weeks instead of months

Many thanks to the Good News Network for bringing this to our attention.

Mighty Buildings in Oakland, CA is now providing “digital fabrication” for home builders. This gives “prefab homes” new meaning. They are completing homes with walls, floors, and ceilings in 24 hours. The material used, thermostat composite, is durable, energy efficient and low maintenance.

The prices begin as low as $115,000 for a one bedroom, one bath 350 square foot home to $159,000 and $169,000 for one and two-bedroom homes in the 700 square foot range. Kits for a roughly 1,200 square foot two-bedroom, two bath house go for $250,000 and increase to $285,000 for a three-bedroom, two bath, 1,440 square foot home. The prices are much lower than new construction using traditional methods.

ICON, a Texas company, is helping to solve chronic homelessness by building dignified, low-cost 3D homes in Austin, Texas and Mexico.  This is an exciting solution to a long-standing problem.

A company in Belgium recently completed a proof of concept, 980 square foot, two-story 3D printed home. The 3D printing company printed the shell. The additional onsite work took three weeks for the roof, floors, windows, doors, plumbing and electric, by construction workers. Underfloor heating and solar panels were added later.

3D home printing is not limited to tiny homes. A company in Dubai, completed a 6,900 square foot home, primarily using locally sourced materials, with two weeks of construction. 

Although some of the initial designs were a bit drab and others a bit futuristic, more pleasing, and aesthetic designs are emerging. The technology is quickly developing. As it does, you might also envision the 3D printing of new affordable living communities and retirement communities as well as new furniture and home furnishings.

An excellent application for tiny 3D homes could be onsite office space, to accommodate the changing world of work. Another application could be for a guest cottage or onsite help for childcare, teaching, or health care, if you have the space.

3D printing is showing us that if you imagine it, it’s here! The future is now.