The ,000 home that can be 3D printed in just 24 hours: Watch the 400-square-foot concrete house take shape in just a day
Startup used a mobile 3D printer to build a 400 sq ft home in Russia
Printed the walls, partitions and building envelope using a concrete mixture
Inside is a hall, bathroom, living room and kitchen with Samsung appliances
Cost of the project was ,134, which includes labor, materials and furnishings
It could be the end of seemingly neverending delays and arguments with builders.
A San Francisco startup has revealed a future where homes are built in just 24 hours.
Apis Cor unveiled a 400-square-foot house in a town outside of Moscow, Russia that was constructed using a mobile 3D printer.
The technology printed the walls, partitions and building envelope from a concrete mix – the entire project was done in a single day and amounted to ,134.
Construction took place on a day in December 2016, when temperatures were just -31°F (-35°C) in Stupino town, a region near Moscow, Russia.
Apis Cor, in collaboration with PIK, a Russian developer, printed the home using a massive mobile 3D printer.
‘Design of the single-story residential house is rather unusual,’ Apis Cors stated in a blog post.
‘This project was selected specifically, as one of the main purposes of this construction is to demonstrate the flexibility of equipment and diversity of available forms.
‘The house can be of any shape, including the familiar square shape, because the additive technology has no restrictions on design of new buildings, except for the laws of physics.’
The house’s wall, partitions and building envelope were all printed with a concrete mixture.
Human workers then stepped in to paint the walls and install the roof, windows, wiring, hydro-acoustic and thermal insulation.
‘A distinctive feature of the printer is its design, which is reminiscent of the tower crane, allowing the printer to execute the printing process of constructing the building both inside,’ Apis Cor shared.
‘The printer has a small size, easily transportable and does not require long preparation before the commencement of the construction works because it has a built-in automatic horizon alignment and stabilization system.’
The firm also noted that because the printing process is automated, the risk of human error is almost eliminated.
Inside of the house is a hall, a bathroom, a living room and a compact full kitchen ‘with the most modern appliances from Samsung’.
‘To illustrate how 3D printing solves the issue of embedding home appliances and electronics of various formats, a premium SUHD TV, JS9500 with diagonal of 78 Inches was installed in the house,’ explained Apis Cor.
‘An interesting fact is that the radius of curvature of the TV matches the house wall curvature.’
In the end, the 400-sqare-foot (38-square-meter) home costs a total of ,134 to construct the printed house, which is per square foot.
However, the firm believes that a square house with a much simpler design would cost just per square foot.
‘As the printer prints self-bearing walls and partitions, it allows to save up to 70% on erecting building boxes compared to traditional construction techniques, such as with method, because each block has to has to be put in place, cut to size and aligned,’ Apis Cor explained.
‘Also there is the necessity to bring the required equipment and tools to the construction site, replace them after breakage, unload materials and oversee the builders.
‘Often there is a risk of human error, and completion of a standard cottage house on average can take up to two months.’
‘The Apis Cor company and its partners are confident that the house in Stupino was the first step that can convince the world that 3D technology in the construction market is a reality.’