The innovative 3D printed houses have arrived. Talk of revolutionizing the world’s construction has come to an end, and the discussions are becoming reality. The convenient, low-waste, affordable houses save on construction time and can be built virtually in any location. New Story and ICON, a pair of companies who paired and created the project of 3D printed houses, have built many stimulating new types of these houses or they are in the process of construction. Although some families have moved and adapted into the new form of living for some time, only a few of the C&C students and faculty who answered a survey had reasonable knowledge about the inventive homes.
The proposed purpose of 3D printed houses was to provide affordable homes with adequate living conditions for those who are less fortunate. According to Yale University, about 1.5 billion people lack adequate housing. New Story, has built close to 1,000 standard houses across Bolivia, El Salvador, Mexico, and Haiti. Currently, the houses cost about $7,000, however the company expects the prices to reduce to no more than $4,000 within the next few weeks.
One 3D printed home called the “Mud House,” made by Italian 3D printer manufacturing company Wasp, is produced with the earthy material around it. The 3D printed plastic was blended with raw soil, shredded straw, husk, and wood, to fabricate the $1,000 home; less than the price of the newest iPhone.
The eco-friendly residence can maintain mild and comfortable temperatures on the inside during both Winter and Summer since air conditioning and a heater system are not necessary. Wasp is aiming to take advantage of the soil by attracting sunlight with the natural mixture of materials, stripping the tenants of electricity fees and solar-powered panels costs.
Nevertheless, 3D Printed Houses are not always made as provincial homes for poorer people and families. Massimiliano Locatelli, an Italian architect, showcased his luxurious 1,100 square foot 3D Printed House consisting of four rooms and topped by a roof garden during Milan’s Design Week; and it required less than a week to build. Locatelli stated that it was extremely difficult to build houses with curved exteriors out of stone or bricks, and that it was simple to construct round walls with 3D printers.
Although 3D printed houses are here and proven by New Story and ICON that they are eco-friendly, only two students out of eleven strongly believed that the homes were beneficial for the Earth. Furthermore, three students thought that the homes would be harmful to the atmosphere. One student answered “maybe,” while another answered “I am neutral, because I do not know much about this topic.”
Jack Sheehan, a student in the XIIIs, believed that 3D printed houses could help our planet, and said “I believe that it will greatly help the environment, but it also depends what the machine is using to make the 3D printed material. If that is good for the environment, it will allow houses to be made in shorter periods of time.”
3D Printed Houses have definitely lived up to the hype and anticipation from billions across the globe. After just a few more months the modern, revolutionary, home could become a common sight within any community.
Sources: Smart Cities World, Architectural Digest, Yale University (Yale Global), and DesignBoom.