New company Pantheon Innovative Builders buys 3D printer to ‘rejuvenate’ Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — With America Makes and YBI in adjacent downtown buildings — Youngstown has become a hotspot for 3D printing. Now, a new company has formed to take 3D printing to the next level: home building.
Ryan Kelly owns Columbiana Belleria where, with his business partner Bryant Youngblood, he talked about their new company – Pantheon Innovative Builders – and their plans to build homes with 3D printers.
“We were looking at the challenges facing the construction industry. Supply chain issues, skilled labor issues,” Kelly said.
“It gives people the idea and the ability to create something innovative and new,” Youngblood said.
What does it mean to print a house? A CBS News story showed a 3D printer building a house in Long Island, New York — its concrete construction layers from scratch.
Pantheon has ordered its printer and hopes to start this year.
“As soon as the printer is there, we print with it,” Kelly said.
Pantheon has also partnered with the Ohio State Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence to help with research and education.
“We knew they could really be a big help as we tried to build this product and kind of grow this industry,” Youngblood said.
Pantheon will build for anyone, but will initially focus on social housing in Youngstown.
“The vision and mission of this started with an idea of rejuvenating the city of Youngtown. That was the whole basis of this thing. As we started digging and finding ways to do that, this innovative technology came into play,” Youngblood said.
In Austin, Texas, a company used a 3D printer to build a two-bedroom, one-bathroom home. Kelly says the printer can build 55% of it for half the current construction costs. Workers will need to be trained and codes may need to be changed, but Kelly is confident it will work.
“We could allocate $300 trillion to affordable housing, development and construction right now, but we can’t build it. We can’t build them any faster, and that’s why we need to invest in research and development of technologies like this to be able to do that,” Kelly said.
Kelly, Youngblood and Pete Wearsch have invested in the company and are looking for other investors and other ways to raise funds. They contacted Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, which is another reason Ohio State is being used.