I discussed home 3D printing is a number of posts in the past, in the last one (that I remember) I mentioned the shift towards use of 3D home printing for up-scale homes. Whilst the 3D home printing in the past was targeting low scale homes, to replace shack and shelters, the progress in technology and in particular the possibility to create customised shapes and use different materials is making possible to print nicer looking homes (the problem with the first 3D home printing technology is that the “printer” had to be mounted on rails and could only move in a much constrained space).
Now I intercepted the news of the 3D home printing for an entire settlement, on East 17th St. in Austin, TX, where ICON managed to build a set of 4 homes sharing the same “stylish” architecture although each one different from the others to create a personalised feeling. The size of the homes ranges from 900 sq.f. to 2,000 sq.f. in 2 to 4 bedrooms configurations. This was possible thanks to the advances of 3D printing technology in this application area.
The raw construction took just 5 days (foundation, walls and roof) the trimming took a few more weeks. In just three months the whole complex was ready.
They don’t come cheap: price starts at 450,000$, so it is clear they are targeting the well-to-do families. Clearly the price of a home is only partly depending on the cost of building the structure. The finishing touches make a big difference in the cost, then there is the cost of the land that can vary enormously. In the end the cost is just a factor in the final price that will depend on demand.
For sure, 3D home printing accelerate the construction bringing the time comparable to the one of using pre-fabricated homes, with the added advantage of on site customisation, a factor that is very important in building upscale homes.