How A Startup Used 3D Printing to Build A House in Less Than 24 Hours
by Arina Smith Real Estate 28 September 2018
It is obvious that 3D printing is changing everything that we thought about printing. Everything is continuously changing in the field of printing with a significant number of people and industries set to benefit. The process of making physical objects in the 3-dimensional digital model was seen as something of the next generation. However, laying many thin materials in succession to form a physical object is something that is within our reach today. This conclusion can be made after a San Francisco startup, ApisCor, built a house in Russia using 3D printing technology.
The most surprising aspect is that the house was built within 24 hours, which stands as the latest three-dimensional record that individuals should be proud of. You might be still surprised about the whole affair, but it is important to note that the house was not built from fabricated parts. Neither was it a repair house but a physical structure that never existed. The structure was built from nothing, which is a clear demonstration of the potential that lies in 3D printing.
The Need for Portable Printing:
ApisCor, which is the company that built this structure, did so with a mobile 3D printer. This is a clear indication that there are mobile printers that can perform works of such magnitude and remain effective despite the current notion that a fixed 3D printer offers efficiency and effectiveness as compared to the new mobile printers that have been brought into the business. The 3D portable printer performed almost all the tasks including printing out the concrete walls, building envelope, and partitioning the house. The workers were called upon only to perform lighter duties that would not take much time either.
The only thing that was done manually by the workers was the installation of various fixtures and fittings that could not be done through the 3D printing technology. For example, workers were required to install the roofing materials, manually paint the building, and other essential components of the structure which would improve its functionality such as thermal insulation, hydro-acoustic, and wiring. This clearly demonstrates that 3D printers can perform most of the tasks involved in constructing a house, after which the final touches will be done manually.
Cozy but Quick and Inexpensive:
The resulting structure was a 400-square-foot house which is as big enough is a standard hotel in a middle-income town. It may not be a mansion or a bigger bungalow, but it’s a good house for those families or individuals who have an affinity for smaller homes. According to the ApisCor, the whole structure cost around $10,134, which is a reasonable cost for such a house. Most of the $10,134 was used in the installation of state of the art doors and windows, which required special materials and took some time before being printed out. However, these cost does not include the cost of the land, which could be very high, depending on the location.
It’s now clear that concrete 3D printers have become a reality and we can go ahead and print our desired homes. This is a technology that will definitely change the whole fiasco of building huge structures as more improvements are made on the same inventions. The members of the public and the technology industry ware enthralled by the possibilities of this technology, which has now become a reality. Entrepreneurs will now be looking to benefit from this technology by printing various structures instead of contracting from expensive and time-consuming manufacturers.
Shifting the Future of 3D Printing Tech:
Initially, we had seen this technology being used in performing small tasks such as making prototypes, making replacement parts for items around the house, and also print a 3D structure for your kids to enjoy at home. The primary benefit of this technology is that it will help individuals and manufacturing organizations to minimize the cost of labor and material while saving much time. Homemaking and repairing organizations are likely to embrace this technology and offer homes to their clients within a single day.
However, in as much as this technology is effective and efficient, speeding the concrete curing process is a necessity in specific climates. Concrete curing blankets (like the ones from Powerblanket) are often needed for temperature control. Some climatic conditions might be too cold and others too warm which will negatively affect the concrete drying process. Controlling temperatures will help the concrete to cure and dry at required temperatures hence printing the desired house.