This Modern House Was Built In Less Than 24 Hours
And it only costs approximately P200,000 to build! The future of construction is here.
The construction industry is experiencing a new sort of boom in Central America. Thanks to a partnership between construction tech company ICON and housing charity organization New Story, a community of 3D printed homes is being planned and printed.
With many families plagued by poverty and living in less than safe environments, proper housing that is affordable and easy to build up has long been a concern. The collaboration hinges on fast tracked 3D printing to create houses that are printed in under 24 hours for only $4,000 (approximately P208,000.00 in today’s exchange rates).
The homes are 650 square feet (60sqm) in size, containing a living room, a small office space, a bedroom, and bathroom, with mortar printed one layer after the next. The rest of the home is installed manually—doors, windows, plumbing and electrical systems require human labor to put everything in.
The tool behind this huge endeavor is as big as the product it promises to create. Thanks to extra large 3D printers, it is possible to go as large scale as the imagination takes you—bridges, buildings and even skyscrapers can be printed three dimensionally because of advances in technology. How does it work? Designs are fed into a system, and the machine is able to print things on a 3D scale. Think of your home printer churning out ink on paper and shift it into a huge printer that employs a robotic arm that helps produce actual architectural materials like concrete.
Because structures require expansive parts and pieces, bits are usually broken down into parts that are later fitted onto each other on site. The exception to this is when printers can actually be placed on location and print the building blocks exactly where they need to be used—these involve cranes and robotic arms which deposit concrete layer upon layer.
New Story has already built over 800 homes in Haiti, Bolivia and Mexico—its goal is to have the families move into these 3D printed homes by the third quarter of 2019.
This new development construction technology could massively change the face of housing, especially for countries like the Philippines. The prototype, which was printed in Austin, Texas (seen in the photos here), comes up to international standards and building codes, and is said to be more hardy than your regular concrete masonry houses. With folks living in less than ideal lean-tos today, these 3D printed homes offer unparalleled hope and possibility.
Watch how 3D printed homes are created in the video below:
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