Most of the time, technology does not just invade us. It comes towards us at lightning speed and sometimes overtakes us without us even realizing it.
In my company, we sometimes use a 3D printer for various things. Generally available printers are ideal for the single part needed or a product prototype.
But they have limitations and can only use plastic or resin materials, but did you know that they now 3D print real houses using concrete and not plastic?
Until the other day, I didn’t even know this capability existed, but now industrial 3D printers can build concrete walls from a 3D model and “print” houses completely on their own.
These gigantic printers can build an entire printed house that’s ready for a roof and other finishing touches in just hours.
3D printing concrete offers the ability to build homes faster, more accurately, and more cost-effectively than ever before.
The process is environmentally friendly, using only the exact amount of materials needed to build the house. Less concrete and other materials are used than in traditional methods, which benefits the environment.
3D printed homes cost less in most cases, especially considering the price of wood and metal today. A big part of the cost of building a house is the labor involved, as houses take a long time to build.
A home 3D printer requires only one person to monitor it, which significantly reduces costs. Of course, the downside is the loss of construction jobs, but as workers keep up with technology, they might be ready to switch to the new way of doing things.
Printing a house is relatively quick. Traditional houses take an average of four to six months to build, but a 3D printer can print the structure of a house in just one day. With competent contractors to install the doors, roofs and windows, this means that completed homes could be built in just weeks.
Because 3D printing allows precision far beyond what humans are capable of, complex designs can be created by 3D printers of all shapes and sizes.
This is beneficial not only aesthetically, but also in the ability to create custom homes to be as efficient as possible in retaining heat, saving money, as well as creating environments in which people with disabilities can live comfortably.
However, it is always important to be realistic. 3D printed homes probably aren’t as cheap as companies that have built 3D printed homes claim.
They only list the cost of the house in terms of materials consumed to build it, omitting key factors such as labor, printer cost (rent or purchase), interior and exterior finish , wiring, plumbing and other key foundations. .
If you want to see the progress of how these printers are making homes, you can check out TikTok on your device and search @cmeadows3.
The company shown here actually prints a house for Habitat for Humanity, a very worthy cause and a good way to demonstrate the technology.
Mark DeWitte is Vice President of MBM Packaging and DivisionWon in Rogersville. You can contact him at [email protected]