3D printing technology has proved to be a more affordable and efficient solution to rising house construction costs. More houses are being built using this technology in varying sizes, from simple single-build bungalows to entire housing developments. Take a look at some of the most impressive 3D-printed houses all over the world.
1. US: Alquist 3D’s Project Virginia
The company behind the viral Tiktok videos about 3D-printed houses is creating the biggest housing project ever with the Virginia Project. It aims to build 200 homes over three years to serve as an affordable housing solution for communities with economic problems.
2. Japan: Serendix Sphere
This 3D-printed house was built in less than 24 hours and cost a little more than $32,000. This 3D-printed house features a 20-metric tonne reinforced concrete frame, making it heat-insulated enough for the harshest Japanese winters and durable enough against the constant quakes in the area.
Not only is it cost-efficient, but it is also more environmentally friendly with reduced CO2 emissions, material usage and wastage, and energy consumption.
3. Canada: The Fibonacci House on Airbnb
For those who have always wondered how it feels to live in a 3D-printed house, all they have to do is book a flight to Canada and rent The Fibonacci House on Airbnb. Designed based on the famous Fibonacci sequence, AKA the Golden Ratio, this cute retreat is situated smack amid the waterfront community of a lake village and surrounded by beautiful mountains.
The proceeds from the Airbnb revenues go to a good cause, an affordable housing project by World Housing, a global not-for-profit organisation that helps solve homelessness worldwide.
4. Netherlands: Project Milestone
Located in Eindhoven, these 5 3D-printed houses are made of 24 concrete pieces that took 120 hours or 5 days to 3D print. These pieces were transported to the location and assembled on the site. While these houses are already spoken for, interested parties can rent them from a real estate company.
5. Denmark: 3DCP Group’s House 1.0
As a testament to 3D printing’s efficiency, the tiny home project, House 1.0 only took 22 hours to print and 5 days to assemble. While the 3D-printed parts were being printed, the construction team was working on the electrical wiring and plumbing of the house.
3D printing also allowed the design team to be scalable as they were constantly changing the house designs during printing. Hence the reason the printing went on for 22 hours instead of the original plan of 10 hours.
6. Kenya: Mvule Gardens
Mvule Gardens is a 52-unit housing development by Holcim 14Trees and MASS Design Group. This venture is Africa’s largest 3D-printed housing project to date and aims to address the housing shortage in the country. The houses will be built with COBOD’s BOD2 3D printer and Holcim’s TectorPrint, a 3D-printable dry mortar.
7. Czech Republic: Prvok by Buřinka and Michael Trpák
The Prvok is designed to be built anywhere, in the city, the countryside, and even on water. The 1-bedroom and 1-bathroom house can be printed in just 22 hours.
8. Germany: 1st 3D-Printed Home in the Country
PERI 3D Construction and COBOD, a global 3D construction printing company, worked together to build the first 3D-printed home in Germany. Printed in North Rhine-Westphalia, this two-storey 3D-printed house consists of triple-layer cavity walls filled with insulation.
9. France: Viliaprint, a hybrid 3D printing and conventional construction
The Viliaprint is made up of 5 houses that were built using 3D printing and conventional construction. It was finished in 12 months instead of the 16 months that were originally planned.
10. Australia: First 3D-Printed Home as Featured on The Block
The Block is a reality renovation TV show that recently featured a 3D-printed pool cabana, the first 3D-printed build in the Southern Hemisphere. The structure was built in a matter of hours with a concrete mix using 30 percent recycled material.
How can regular businesses incorporate 3D printing technology into their operations?
3D printing technology does not need millions or billions of capital outlay. Understandably, the 3D printers used in construction are worth millions or billions of dollars, so not all businesses can afford them. But small and medium-sized businesses can still use 3D printing in their operations.
One popular use of 3D printing is rapid prototyping. Architecture and construction firms can affordably and easily create prototypes and miniatures of their designs while still maintaining scalability.
Adopt 3D printing technology into your business operations!
While 3D-print construction is still in its fairly nascent stage, it won’t be long until 3D printing becomes a part of mainstream construction. If your business wants to adopt 3D printing technology in your operations, contact us by phone, email, and chat to learn more.