Monday, April 7, 2014
3D printed houses for only $5,000???
I'm amazed to read that a Chinese company is producing simple cement prefabricated homes by what's claimed to be a 3D printing method, for the equivalent of less than $5,000 apiece. They may not look like much to eyes used to American suburban homes, but to many in poorer countries they'll be paradise compared to a mud hut or tin-and-cardboard shack.
The company claims the technology can be scaled to produce multi-level homes in less than a day.
You can read more about it here. If this can be made to work economically on a large scale, it might revolutionize housing construction throughout the world. For that matter, it might do the same to typical US frame-and-siding construction techniques. I'd love to be able to put up a small but comfortable home for less than a tenth of modern construction costs - and if it's made of concrete, I'm willing to bet it'll be more resistant to hurricanes and tornadoes than what we're living in right now!