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3D Printing is Revolutionizing the Housing Industry
Published on August 14, 2018
Written by Daily Bell
The housing industry is like a roller coaster. The housing crash left houses empty and people homeless. Some neighborhoods are still littered with empty and decaying homes, some having stood empty going on 10 years now.
By this point, a lot of these homes aren’t even worth repairing. Since the crash, there has been a lot of conversation, and demand, for more housing options.
And why not? Engineers have discovered cheaper, more eco-friendly and sustainable housing options. Why not use them?
Current homes were built between 40 and 100 years ago. They now show signs of wood rot, weakening foundation, insect infestations, and mold. And without modern insulation and windows, residents shoulder high power and heating costs.
These problems will only get worse as time goes on. But what’s going to replace them?
Will people build more of the same, or start building smarter?
New Era of HousingIf you imagine a “Jetsons” style future, you may be disappointed. Likely most structures will resemble current styles, but with hidden improvements in the materials and design.
When the market demands something new, the industry will eventually abide.
Alternatives to traditional homes are already popping up. And surprisingly, a lot of these options are significantly cheaper than current construction methods. Plus, many of these homes continue to save you money in efficiency in the long term.
How It Works:3D printing a house works the same way as 3D printing on the smaller scale. Companies use a machine, choose from a range of building materials, program a layout, and then the machine does the work.
The early models of 3D printed homes created domed structures that looked more like cement igloos, and other easy shapes. But this technology is getting more sophisticated fast! Companies are developing more modern and complex models that will appeal to today’s market of home buyers.
What Problems Do 3D Printed Houses Solve?3D printed homes are affordable
After the housing market crash, there are more people than ever on the search for cheaper housing options. Some models of the 3D printed homes can start as low as $4,000.
While there are some luxury features that you can add on for more, it’s still nothing compared to the cost of building a standard-model home.
Building materials are more eco-friendly
A lot of building materials used in 3D printing have a natural resistance to mold and insect infestations. 3D printed homes are built to be strong and sturdy while taking the environment into consideration.