3D Printed Houses: A Greener Future is Here.

3D Printed Houses: A Greener Future is Here.

The first 3D printed housing community in the United States is being constructed in Rancho Mirage, an area in the Coachella Valley of Southern California. With construction components currently being printed by Mighty Builder at Oakland, California, they will be sent to the site and constructed by Palari Group, a construction company with headquarters in Beverly Hills. The houses will be composed almost entirely of a 3D printable composite material, a component of which is a strong stone substance called Light Stone Material (LSN). The LSN freezes its shape when exposed to UV light, and is advertised by Mighty Builder to be even stronger than concrete, yet much lighter. The LSN is supposed to make the buildings fire and water resistant, very sturdy and tough, and nearly 100% termite proof. Components of the builds that cannot be 3D printed, such as glass windows, wires, and toilets. 15 single-story houses, each home 1,450 square feet in total, are under construction. The neighborhood in which they will be built is currently being prepped and prepared with foundations for the homes. These $595,000 houses come with a pool, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a somewhat-shaded deck. There is also an added cost for those who want to get a second part to the property added, which would consist of two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The 3D houses are a great improvement to the old building methods and materials. Houses built with wood and brick and concrete could take many months, or even years, to be finally complete, and many laborers would be required to finish the homes within that time span. The new 3D homes are time-efficient, because they can easily be printed and assembled within 5 days, and take less people to assemble them, with some homes requiring just 3 adults to be completed. And, more traditional construction materials, such as wood, would produce up to 2 tons of landfill-filling garbage when utilized to form a house. Pieces for 3D homes are precisely printed, instead of carved from a huge block of wood or any other material. The resulting lack of waste that comes with 3D printing means this new method of construction is much more eco-friendly than other methods of construction-material-creating.

In addition to the lack of waste, small number of laborers, and short amount of time to construct the homes, there is a fourth advantage to 3D-printing a home; this revolutionary architectural advancement comes with a switch to earth-friendly energy sources by harnessing the power of the sun. That’s right. These modern desert homes come with solar power. Solar panels installed in the new 3D housing community will result in a 100% renewable energy source, sealing the deal to ensure that this 3D housing project is an important improvement to the architectural industry.

The 15 eco-friendly, time-efficient, 3D printed homes and the neighborhood they will occupy are just one example of a new method of creating buildings that is beginning to set down roots in the United States. Just this February a company known as SQ4D Inc. put up a home for sale in New York, and in East Austin, in Austin, Texas there could be four more modern 3D printed homes by June or July. The future is certainly near, and with 3D printing, that future will be a lot greener. The California homes are just the beginning.