The housing construction industry is about to undergo a massive change caused by the advancements in 3D printing technology.
Printing a home like someone might print a document using ink-jet printing may seem like a science fiction concept to some. However, it is a reality now. The really good news is that this technological advance is cheaper than traditional home construction.
There have been many 3D-printed homes that were made as prototypes. These were all demonstration projects to prove that the technology works, but now a family in France claimed to be the first family to actually move into and live in one permanently.
Interesting Engineering reported that when the Ramdanis family recently moved into their 3D-printed home, it made international news. The four-bedroom structure shows how virtually any architect’s design can be created. It is curvaceous and comfortable.
The structural components of the new 1,022 sq. ft. home were printed over an incredibly short period of two days. This was followed by four months of traditional construction to add the roof, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, and to install home systems and appliances. The entire project cost the equivalent of about $233,000 USD. This is around 20 percent less than traditional construction costs for a similar-sized home.
Another major advancement in the application of 3D-print technology is being planned by NewStoryCharity.org. This non-profit out of San Francisco builds homes for poor people in underprivileged countries and gives them away. All donations made to this charity go towards the cost of building simple homes for poor people. They are already building homes using simple, traditional, construction techniques, but with 3D-printing technology, they can build them much more quickly and for less than $5,000 USD each
Architects are so enthusiastic about the new 3D-printing technology because they can render design ideas that are very beautiful and complex, which otherwise would be cost-prohibitive when trying to use traditional construction methodologies These advanced architectural designs for luxury homes stretch the imagination and look stunning.
The potential uses of 3D-printing technology to improve home construction are phenomenal. The materials used can be eco-friendly and sustainable. A 3D-printed home is faster to create, it is cheaper to build, and the finished results are both cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. Overall, it's a win-win for everyone!