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A 3D-Printed House? Yes, It’s Real

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February 13, 2019

In recent years, many engineers, manufacturers and builders have tried to come up with solutions to the housing crisis — through modular homes, tiny homes and even converted buses. If providing shelter to all citizens is the end goal, then there has to be more cost-effective ways to create housing. One new way is through large-scale 3D printing technology. In this modern world, anything seems possible!

So, how will 3D-printed houses be game-changers?

Labour costs

There are positives and negatives associated with every technological advance. For companies, 3D printing will save a lot of labour costs, which means they can, in theory, sell the homes at more affordable prices. The obvious downside is fewer manufacturing jobs in this sector. Since this technology is still in its infancy, there is plenty of time for the economy to adjust to this shift, as most homes are still constructed the traditional way.

Reduce homelessness

The obvious benefit of 3D printing houses is the social impact. On a global scale, this technology can affordably build houses through automation. This can drastically lower homelessness rates, providing comfortable shelter to those in need. As the cost of housing in many places continues to rise, more and more of the most vulnerable people in our communities will fall through the cracks. 3D printed houses can be the safety nets we need to help the less fortunate.

It’s easier to be green

Our current construction industry relies heavily on the lumber industry. And while lumber is an old industry that many have relied on for centuries, we are starting to wake up to the reality that it is not a sustainable practice and we can’t continue to deplete our natural resources. 3D-printed houses eliminate the need for lumber frames. This is great news for green construction firms, as 3D printing allows for a cost-effective substitute.

Better planning and design

Another major benefit of using 3D printing technology to design and build houses is that small-scale models can be made quickly, which means designers and architects will be able to see issues and remedy them much faster than through the traditional methods. This means projects can be delivered without delays.

No sleep for the 3D printer

Unlike in traditional construction — either on-site or in-factory — there is no end of day. While human labourers go home at the end of the work day, 3D printers, when in good working order, can build houses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means production is much faster. By being able to make more for less, companies can sell their products cheaper.

Overall, 3D-printed houses will be game-changers, as they will provide a critical need for much less. It’s a fast, efficient and creative way to provide housing, and if widely adopted, this technology will change the housing market globally.

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