Transforming The Way We Live
3D printing has never been a lot faster, cheaper and more sustainable than now. Though we live in an era of overpopulation and mass housing shortages, this is also a time of phenomenal digital innovation. Clearly, technology and innovation are revolutionizing multiple major industries, including those of housing and construction, at speeds unheard of before.
Power of 3D Printing
Around the globe, innovators are working hard to change the way we design, build and produce homes, resulting in massive change to the housing status quo. With the power of 3D printing, companies from Russia to China, the U.S. and the Netherlands have already proven that not only can a home be 3D-printed, it can be done cheaply, efficiently and easily. Let’s look at ways 3D printing has changed the way we live.
Firstly, the speed. In 2017, 3D printing specialists based in Russia produced a 3D-printed home in just 24 hours. Their 4.5-meter-long printer and raw materials were set up and within one single day, the house was printed and ready. Compare that to the traditional six- or seven-month construction time the industry is used to, and you’ll understand the scope of potential disruption. Before that, a Chinese construction company set their own record by 3D-printing a two-story home in a month and a half. Think about that.
Next, the cost. In the US, housing prices have increased tremendously over the past 50 years, average price for a home now surpassing $200,000. And if you live on the East or West Coast, chances are it’ll be closer to half-million dollars or so. Reports say, that by the year 2015, a full one-third of people who live in cities will find decent housing out of their reach due to cost. Construction costs are the primary barrier. It will take between $9 to $11 trillion just to build the necessary houses to flip that supply-demand ratio and make housing affordable in that time.
The 24-hour home in that Russian town was made for around $10,000. The Chinese company was making homes with only 40% percent of the materials traditional construction usually requires, in 30% of the time. It’s massive savings in labor and material. Dozens of other firms are exploring cheaper and less complicated methods for building homes, and keeping prices down.
A Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that builds housing in the developing world, just developed a new 3D printer that can print a house in less than a day for $4,000. A Dutch architecture studio that has been 3D-printing houses since 2012, has a huge 3D printer that can build using local recycled materials. This slashes transport, material and manufacturing costs, all driving down costs. Possibilities are endless.
Possibilities In Seattle
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