From Keeping House to Making House: The First Printed House has Arrived
by Christopher DeNoisMarch 24, 2017
Imagine if you could build an entire house in one day, from structure to furnishing. It seems impossible, but thanks to new technical advances, the impossible just became possible. The company Apis Cor has recently created the very first 3D printed house in the world.
Is this real?
Yes, the very first complete 3D printed house has been created in our lifetime. The house was printed in a testing facility outside of Moscow by Apis Cor’s newly designed 3D printer. Beforehand, most printers could only print one wall at a time and it had to be assembled afterword. Alongside of that, most printers were bulky, had height limits, and were difficult to transport.
Apis Cor’s newest printer is only 13.1-27.9 ft long, 4.9-10.2 ft high, and has 360 turning capability. This makes it easy to transport. With a printing output area of 1,076 sq ft per day, a max operation zone of 1,420 sq ft and a max elevation height from a single point of 10.82 ft, it’s no wonder this printer was able to accomplish the fantastic feat of printing an entire house all at once.
How it was done
The printer used a geopolymer concrete that makes house printing easy for any time of the year. Its quick printing speeds promise that any future commissions will only take an hour, but in this case, some more time was needed. Inside a protective tent, the house was printed in its entirety in 24 hours. Due to the quality of the printed surface, finishing touches could be added almost immediately after completion. The house’s walls stand strong on horizontal hourglass reinforcements. After the paint and insulation were installed, the windows were put in. No fixtures to keep the windows in place were required since the insulation filled in all the voids in the bearing walls and the outer structure, so now no cold bridges can form during the chillier months. The inside was furnished with many high tech features by Samsung, who partnered on the project. The house contained a living room, a small kitchen, a hallway, and one bathroom. It is exactly 409 sq ft with a flat roof, and costed only $10,134 to build, which is less than an average house. In fact, theoretically, erecting building boxes like this rather than turning to tradition construction saves about 70% of economy.
This kind of home construction has the potential to build reliable, strong homes quickly and at a lower cost. It could help the families that lose their homes during natural disasters, or those who are homeless or displaced. The house that Apis Cor created has the potential to stand for nearly 200 years, which is quite a while and impressive in all consideration. This technology has the potential to help many people, push the housing market into a new era, and could allow many companies that utilize this technology to create amazing products. We are living in a new, technically advanced age. That age will propel us all forward, if we only seize it by the hand and go along with it.