3D printed a home a day are not a new idea, but 3D printed home a day are now commercially possible. In the 1950’s post WWII economic boom, affordable housing was in high demand. The Levitt Brothers responded by developing methods to construct homes in a day. These homes formed the birth of cookie cutter homes and suburban development.
As human population increases, the demand for affordable housing can only continue to inspire new methods of affordable construction. 3D printing and the emerging field of contour crafting is producing the tools needed to 3D print homes in a day.
While 3D printing homes is not new, the prospect of commercial home printers will be a economic boom for aspiring home developers.
Apis Cor has broken into the home printing market with their mobile 3D printing system that can print a home on site.
The system is completely mobile, and prints with a mixture of fiber cement or geopolymer. For labor it can run with crew of just 2 people according to the company. It can print its own foundation as well as the main structure, which can drastically cut home building times.
Apis Cor made waves with the home they just 3D printed in a day, with Mashable posting a viral video about the project. The home cost $275 a square meter, with a size of 38 square meters. The total cost was $10,134 USD. Apis Cor printed this in the cold of winter in Russia, which shows how the technology can be used for emergency situations in all weather conditions.
A mobile 3D printing system can be deployed in disaster areas to produce emergency housing with locally recycled materials. Home printing can also be used to improve housing conditions in impoverished areas, where housing quality is poor at best.
For entrepreneurs, small local companies can deploy a printer to build custom houses or outbuildings. This new type of home construction company will employ local builders in their communities, and support the local economy with less waste in the local landfill.
While Apis Cor is not the first company to 3D print a home, they are one of the first companies to offer a commercial grade system to 3D print homes. I have contacted them for a quote, and will have that posted as soon as they respond.
UPDATE: After contacting Apis Cor, they sent me an email for business contact information. At this time they are not selling heir 3D printer, but looking for business partners. They are still testing their home printers before they release them to the market.