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Startup uses 3D printers to build ADUs

CULVER CITY, Calif. – At first glance, Ross Maguire, CEO of Azure Printed Housesholds what looks like a piece of white plastic, but he says it’s the future of accessory accommodation, or more commonly known as ADUs, that customers can customize.

“They can add and remove as much glass or solid wall as they want,” he said. “They can add windows, doors wherever they want.”


What do you want to know

  • Ross Macguire, CEO of Azure Printed Homes in Culver City, says his company uses 3D printers to build backyard homes in 24 hours
  • He said the idea was born out of frustration with traditional building methods, which he says can take months and harm the environment with its carbon emissions.
  • The company is preparing to print 180 square foot studio units, which cost $40,000 and there is a three month waiting list as they have $4 million in pre-orders.
  • Dana Cuff, director of cityLAB at UCLA, said 3D printing is a promising method for building ADUs because it can be cost-effective and time-saving.

The model represents the ADUs that Maguire and his team have designed and customers can choose colors, finishes and other details on the unit with just a few clicks of a button. Then the whole backyard house is created with a 3D printer.

Maguire has over a decade of building experience in the UK and launched the business in 2019 with co-founder Gene Eidelman after becoming frustrated with traditional building methods, which he says can take months and harm the environment with its significant carbon footprint.

“We could see if we printed something that would allow us to do this in a factory, then we could create more structure rather than just the exterior walls, making the whole process more efficient,” he said. .

Sustainability is a priority, so he says they use recycled plastic and fiberglass to build the houses.

Maguire said his company could 3D print an ADU in one day and ship it to a customer in five days. They are preparing to print 180 square foot studio units, which cost $40,000 and there is a three month waiting list as they have $4 million in pre-orders. They also plan to print larger ADUs, up to 1,200 square feet with two chambers.

Cost and time are the two biggest challenges when it comes to building ADUs, but Dana Cuff, director of cityLAB at UCLA, said each unit can go a long way toward meeting housing goals.

“There are 500,000 single-family properties in Los Angeles alone. Just say 10 of them build a legal ADU, we would have 50,000 new housing units,” she said.

Cuff co-authored California state legislation in 2016 that makes it easier to build ADUs and said 3D printing holds great promise.

“It can be more cost effective and more importantly more efficient in terms of time and the whole destabilizing aspect of construction,” she said. “You still have to build a foundation and do the same infrastructure work that you would for another unit.”

Maguire estimates that less than 1% of people have ever seen a 3D-printed house, but he hopes to change that, first with ADUs and then larger houses.

“I see that in five years, ten years, that number will be more like 20% and that number will increase,” he said.