4 June 2021
3D Printed Homes: Built Fast, Built to Last
3 Projects That Prove We Have Entered a New World
Need a home in a hurry? Family expanding? In-laws moving in? You need a house with a home office and you need it now? Depending on the size of the home you need, you can have a custom home built to order in approximately 30 days. Forget about trying to get it all done on short notice as you struggle to find reliable labor, framers and the tradesmen that buzz around traditional building sites like busy bees. Forget about waiting months (or years, in some cases) for the walls to go up and the roof to go on. There’s a new player in town and you can get your house printed in no time at all. No, that’s not a typo. We said printed.
So, hire your nearest 3D concrete printing company and set the stopwatch as they pour a concrete slab and then get started on your walls. The average time to 3D-print the walls for a home of approximately 2,000 square feet is roughly 48 hours.
Approximately 30 days later, the plumbing, wiring, windows, doors and roof should all be done and bam, you’ve got a new home. That’s fast by anyone’s standards. For areas with extreme climates (such as places susceptible to hurricanes, high winds or flooding), the options for reinforcement can be included in the printing, so that you’re solid and safe from the get-go. And none of it would be possible without three key factors: CAD/BIM professionals, 3D-printers and good old-fashioned concrete.
Breathing Life into a Dream
The most critical of these three factors is the CAD/BIM professionals — the architects, engineers and designers — without whose creative insight and ingenuity none of these projects would see the light of day.
. . . who amongst us can brag that we have a printer measuring 50 feet wide, 42 feet long and 33 feet high?
Without the innovative designs of the CAD/BIM professionals, even the most expensive 3D-printer in the world is nothing but a brooding, silent hunk of equipment, parked next to a mountain of worthless concrete. But send the design to the printer, get that concrete mixed, and hey presto! You’ve got a whole new building!
Whether you’re a Revit®, AutoCAD® or MicroStation® user, we applaud you for your creative vision, which has produced, amongst other things, the three groundbreaking projects we’ll take a look at below.
Paving the Way and Shaking Up the Construction Industry
- Is the structure safe?
- Is it cost-effective?
- Are the raw materials readily available?
- Is it customizable based on the requirements of a specific geographic location?
- Is it quick to build?
Project 1: Concrete Confidence in The Big Apple
Project 2: Palm Beach, Printed
Printed Farms is already moving on to its next project: a 6,000-square-foot building, comprised of 3 floors of 2,000 square feet each, while they get through the planning phase for two intracoastal villas. Clearly, the public is ready to embrace 3D-printed homes.
Project 3: Hot Stuff South of the Border
The advent of 3D-printing has been a game changer in a number of industries, but its impact on the construction industry may have enormous societal ramifications . . .
A Solid Foundation
. . . you live it every day: the repetitive tasks, the frustration of imports . . . or the drunken formatting you have to wrestle into shape . . .