3D printed houses are the suburbs of the future, and they're getting closer
Robots could replace 800 million jobs worldwide by 2030, according to a McKinsey report. In the construction industry, the growing use of robot 3D printing may be about to take over the "rice bowl" of migrant workers.
3D printed houses are sustainable, affordable and fast to build. At present, countries around the world are actively exploring the application of 3D printing technology in the field of architecture, and 3D printing communities have even emerged in developed countries such as the United States. China's aging population is facing serious challenges, labor costs are rising, and we will eventually move toward automation.
In recent years, 3D printing of domestic architecture has formed a certain scale, and there are a lot of typical application cases. But there is still some way to go before 3D printing can replace traditional methods of building houses in rural or suburban areas. However, we can first look at the western countries are now in a stage, this is the future of the relevant construction can learn from.
Let's take a look at the ongoing construction of 3D printing communities in the United States.
Mighty House™ Quatro is a development of Mighty Homes' Desert Hot Springs community in Beverly Hills, Southern California, USA. Developed by U.S. builder Palari Group, designed by Culver City architects EYRC and built by concrete additive manufacturer Mighty Buildings. Called Mighty House™ Quatro, the two-bedroom, two-bedroom development has 20 homes (40 3D-printed units) each measuring 1,171 square feet (108 square meters).
And that's just the beginning, as Mighty Buildings prepares to build more neighborhoods in California and beyond, including the two-bedroom Quatro, the three-bedroom Super Quatro and the four-bedroom Mighty House Two Story.
Wolf Ranch is a community of 100 3D printed homes located north of Austin in the hill country of Texas, USA. ICON, a 3D-printed architecture firm, partnered with homebuilder Lennar and teamed up with architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group for the design. Each home will have three to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms and will range in size from 1,574 square feet (146 square meters) to 2,112 square feet (196 square meters).
Prices are expected to start at around $450,000 (3.04 million yuan), with reservations starting this year. Previously, ICON has successfully printed a number of 3D-printed houses and participated in NASA's lunar base construction project.
In April 2022, 3D-printed home construction company Alquist 3D announced plans to build 200 3D-printed homes in Southwest Virginia in the United States over the next four to five years. It will be the largest 3D-printed building project in the world, beating the previous record held by ICON's upcoming 100-home 3D-printed community in Texas.
According to Alquist, the 3D printed homes will cost between $175,000 and $350,000. Construction has already begun on the project using equipment from Black Buffalo 3D.
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