This family received one of the first 3D printed houses in the United States for Christmas
April Stringfield and her 13-year-old son received the keys to their own 3D printed house days before Christmas. This was the first Habitat for Humanity 3D project in the United States.
April has dreamed of owning a home for years. The single mom lives in Williamsburg and has hesitated between three jobs that weren’t enough for her to buy her own home. She enlisted the help of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg to buy her house.
The construction of each house built by the NGO is a cooperative effort. Communities, volunteers and future homeowners come together to build and renovate affordable homes that are sold for no profit with zero-interest mortgages. April has already worked 300 hours in the field for Habitat before qualifying for her own home.
This time the work was reduced due to the innovative technology involved. The NGO has partnered with the 3D printing company Alquist. Printing the exterior and interior walls of the 111 m2 (1,200 sq. Ft.) Home took just 12 hours. This step reduced the standard construction time by at least four weeks, says the NGO.
The new house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and was built in concrete.
Using concrete for the walls instead of structural lumber meant cost savings. In the United States, wood prices have increased 50% since the start of the pandemic. Future April bills will also be lower, as concrete retains temperature more effectively than wood, which saves heating and cooling costs.
In addition, the walls are more resistant to damage from tornadoes and hurricanes. The house will be equipped with solar panels for even more savings after the family moves in.
“My son and I are very grateful,” April said when she received her new home. “I have always wanted to be an owner. It’s like a dream come true.
The new house comes with its own 3D printer, so April will be able to print buttons, switch covers, and other replaceable parts if needed.
Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg raised money for the house with the help of sponsors, a community crowdfunding campaign and their charity golf tournament.
The only other 3D printed Habitat home is currently under construction in Tempe, Arizona.