Many companies have turned their attention to 3D printing construction. But the question remains, how long does it take to print a house? Find out!
The race to develop faster methods for 21st-century housing is at full steam. There are already many startups delving into the issues that revolve around 3D printing construction. The push to build 3D printed houses faster has become a worldwide endeavor. Startup companies in the US, China, and Europe are all gaining ground as they learn from each other.
But the question remains, how fast are these “faster” methods? Here, we take a look at several projects around the globe to discover just how fast a 3D printer can print a house.
Topping our list is a 3D printed emergency shelter that has been built in as little as 30 minutes. Printed using a special polymer, these shelters are made to last several months but are not yet a long-term solution. In terms of sheer speed of build, this shelter can provide emergency shelter in disaster zones worldwide in times unheard of using traditional methods of construction.
Location: Nantes, France
Time: As little as 30 minutes
Boasting the first fully-permitted 3D printed house in the US, Icon in partnership with New Story has managed to break the 24 hours barrier. The production version of the printer will have the ability to print a single-story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4,000. The first version stands in Texas and is currently being used for office space.
Builders: Icon 3D
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Time: 24 hours
In 2014, Chinese company Winsun boasted building ten 3D printed houses in 24 hours. The buildings were primitive by today’s 3D house printing standards, but the achievement drew attention to the reality of 3D printing homes. Currently, the structures are being rented out as office spaces.
Location: Shenzhen, China
Time: Ten houses in a 24-hour period
In Italy, WASP printed their 3D house dubbed “the Gaia” on-site in under ten days. This included the creation of the substrate they used to print with, which consisted of all local materials. Several village-style developments are currently underway, as this technology continues to grow.
Location(s): Massa Lombarda RA, Italy
Time: Under 10 days
Again we find Chinese company Winsun at the forefront of the 3D printing construction race. In only 45 days, they printed an entire villa, complete with external decorations. This brings the 3D printed house out of the small-scale housing arena and into the circle of large-scale homes. The company signed a contract with the Saudi Arabian government to deliver 10 of their mammoth printers in the next two years to begin large-scale construction.
Location: Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province, China
Time: 45 days
Now that we’ve seen a few examples, we can start to have an idea about how long it takes to 3D print a house. A basic shelter can be 3D printed in as little as 30 minutes. If you want to talk about something more suitable for long-term living, a 3D printed house can be finished in as little as 24 hours.
Naturally, more complex builds take a little more time. Using alternative, native materials, which require more processing, a new home can be printed in around 10 days. For the ultimate in 3D printed houses, even something as large-scale as a multi-room two-story villa can be finished in around 45 days. Compared to traditional building techniques, that’s still extremely impressive.
Welcome to the future of 3D printing construction.
Feature image source: Apis Cor
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