They only list the cost of the home in terms of the materials consumed to build it, omitting key factors such as labor, printer cost (rent or purchase), interior and exterior finish, and wiring, piping, and other key foundations. When 3D printing houses, the building material is usually concrete and the surface is a parcel of land the size of a house. ICON partnered with the non-profit organization New Story to 3D print an entire community of about 50 3D printed houses in El Salvador, Mexico, demonstrating on-site the reliability and reliability of its approach. A pioneer as a solution to the shortage of skilled masons in the Netherlands, the first of these houses, and the first 3D printed house for sale, attracted more than 20 interested buyers in its first week on the market.
While a traditional home has an average of at least 7 months to finish, a 3D printed home can be ready to move in 2 to 3 months after construction begins. The success of Project Virginia could play an important role in realizing the vision of the future, and Alquist has the benefit of government support for the project. The city of Pulaski contacted the company about 3D printing houses in the city and not the other way around. Alquist, the construction company that built the first 3D printed house for Habitat for Humanity, says they were able to build the Virginia home for an estimated 15 percent per square foot less than it would have cost if it had been built with sticks.
Provided, of course, that the house or building being built using 3D printing of the building fits within the “Print Area” of the 3D printer. In more disadvantaged areas, where the impending problem is shelter rather than cables and pipes inside houses, these cheap 3D printed houses offer an effective solution to a real crisis. Companies that develop construction 3D printers for houses are still perfecting the technology and do not yet have enough machines of this type to build thousands of houses. Therefore, it is important to focus on how 3D printed houses can benefit both us and those in the third world, and to respect the advantages offered by 3D printed houses.
However, a good rule of thumb for at least the first wave of available services is that it costs about 70% to 80% of conventional housing once all the additional costs are taken into account, such as transporting the equipment itself or the modules of the 3D printed house off premises. Using 3D printing houses, companies like Alquist can help address the shortage of affordable housing in the U.S. But the approach will not solve the problem on its own, at least not in the near future, and not without drastically escalating. Architect Outsourcing notes that there are currently no regulations involved in obtaining approval for a 3D printed building for residential use; in other words, there are no existing standards that need to be followed for things like structural integrity, public safety codes, and plumbing.
Another important factor contributing to a belief in a faster time scale would be the amount of consumer interest, as well as the low barrier to entry for new and existing engineering companies to adopt construction 3D printing technology as a means to address enormous housing costs and construction.