3D printing objects and its components is everyday news nowadays, but an entire house? A notion that is undoubtedly impossible to the greater world even today, has been proved otherwise by Apis Cor, Russia and San Francisco based group of 3D-printing specialists.
Using a mobile printer, Apis Cor has built the world’s first fully functional residential house onsite in Russia – differing from previous methods of printing components off-site and then compiling them. The entire process took a mere 24 hours and a little over $10,000.
With proper development of the process, 3D printed buildings could solve a multitude of problems all around the world!
The need for cheap accommodation
If there’s one things that’s constant about technological advancement, it’s that ‘prices will eventually go down’. Provided that the same applies for 3D printed buildings, this could be a game changer for consumers looking for cheap, utility accommodation!
Faster post-disaster recovery
Coastal regions all over the world see their homes decimated by cyclones and other natural disasters almost every year, people in poorer countries ultimately having to resort to having to build their homes from scratch repeatedly. With proper scaling, 3D printed houses can not only be built within hours for these regions as part of the post-disaster recovery, but these can also be innovated and customized to withstand harsh climates easily.
Building Smart Homes
Smart homes and spaces – one room, compact flats that utilize spaces to their full capacity with multipurpose furniture, can be built easily using 3D printers, using blueprints and models that can be sold online without having to rely on carpenters or other experts. These not only make smart homes a feasible option for countries all over the world, but would also potentially open up a huge range of job opportunities.
It’s always easier to customize and visualize designs firsthand digitally before everything has been made.
Simpler cost monitoring
Due to the automated nature of the process, it is easier to standardize, control and monitor costs when it comes to 3D-printing buildings, as opposed to the highly varying labor costs in different regions of the world.
The building printed by Apis Corp, while not the first 3D printed building, is the first building that has been scaled to enable use for mass constructions. The mobile printer fits easily on the back of a pickup van, and can print buildings from installed models onsite easily. The future of real estate is here indeed.