As we thrive and enjoy the presence of advance technology, it is very common that we encounter new things that often leave us with the wow experience. Sometimes it could be a driverless car, a super car used as an Uber, a drone, a robot used as a messenger at home, etc. 3D printed homes could perhaps be the next big thing that would leave you surprised as the technology slowly creeps into the engineering world today. Let’s talk more about 3D Printing.
What is 3D Printing?
According to Mehmet Saking and Yusuf Caner in their research work “3D printing of Buildings: Construction of the sustainable houses of the future by BIM”, 3D printing is beta described as a process which created physical objects by systematically and accurately laying materials in layers, a process totally based on an existing digital model.
The Duo further reminded us that for every 3D printing, there is need for software, hardware and materials to work collaboratively.
What are 3D printed Homes?
3D printed homes are homes designed with the aid of a robotic arm with nozzles that pumps out specially formulated cement or concrete. This cement or concrete is said to have the texture of whipped cream. In order to achieve 3D printed houses, the specially formulated cement is printed according to the architectural design, printed one layer after another till the desired height is reached.
Do 3D printed homes Exist?
Yes, there are about 5 printed homes around the globe at the moment.
I really draft this content while staring at one over here in Dubai. It’s called the “office of the future”.
How was 3D printed Building Made in Dubai?
While the building currently functions like a regular home with electric, water and telecommunication, I must mention that the 3D building was produced in China. After the parts were printed in china, the building company shipped these parts off to Dubai for installation.
Another one exists in Russia. It’s called Appis Coe Printed house.
The Appis Coe Printed house is a 400 square meter home. This is located in Russia. Unlike it’s Dubai sister, the Appis Coe Printed home was built from scratch and took about 24 hours to be completed. As beautiful as the Appis Coe Printed home, one would be amazed to learn it actually costs less than $11,000.
In most cases, these 3D buildings had it’s walls and foundation printed while other part like doors and windows were fixed.
But one thing is common among both buildings, they were printed with small budget and the total cost of labor was reduced by over 50%.
Benefits of 3D House Printing
Reduced labor cost: there is an estimated 50 – 70% reduction in cost of labor.
Improves aesthetics that would otherwise be difficult with conventional building techniques.
Material wastage is drastically reduced because the 3D printer prints parts with materials required to produce them.
Reduced cost of carrying materials and parts from one point to the other. The higher cost might be incurred when moving printer to the site.