Texas will soon have a whole neighborhood of 3D printed homes
Will the future of housing and construction go through 3D printing? In a city in the US state of Texas, a new type of real estate project will emerge in 2022.
An entire neighborhood of 100 3D printed one-story homes will be built in an Austin neighborhood. This construction method is faster, cheaper and less polluting than conventional construction methods, according to the three companies behind this unique project.
This development is expected to be the largest neighborhood of 3D printed homes ever built. Behind this unprecedented scale project are Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), house construction company Lennar and 3D printing construction technology company ICON.
Using 3D printing technology, all 100 houses will be delivered quickly, with one house taking about a week to build. This is a significant advantage when you consider that the United States lacks five million new homes.
But the advantage of these 3D printed constructions does not stop there. Equipped with photovoltaic roofs, these individual houses also have advantages from an ecological point of view.
“ICON’s 3D printing technology produces resilient, energy efficient homes faster than conventional construction methods with less waste and more design freedom – on time and on budget for construction projects,” ICON points out. , without revealing the cost of the project.
According to the company, printers can make homes up to 3,000 square feet, or about 280 square meters. She has previously printed the walls of a house measuring between 400 square feet (37 m²) and 500 square feet (46 m²) in 24 hours, spread over several days.
Building process of the future?
According to information published by the printing house, 3D construction follows the standards imposed by the International Building Code, the building regulations in the United States. As strong and durable as traditional homes, these printed homes are built to withstand extreme weather conditions.
“Additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize the built environment as it is adopted by industry on a large scale,” noted Martin Voelkle, partner, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. “By partnering with ICON and Lennar, we are able to see this new technology unfold to the widest possible audience. – AFP Relaxnews