Entry Submitted by Pat at 7:10 PM EDT on March 13, 2018
Grateful Gal, I have done lots of research on the 3D printing of buildings. It’s part of my plan to producing quick, but beautiful housing for the homeless and veterans. I was so impressed by the method, I decided my new home will be created by this method. It especially lends itself to organic freeform designs, but can be any design and any size.
The above yellow 430 square foot home was completed, including all interior furnishings in 24 hours, ready to be lived in. Cost $10,000. The most expensive part of the home was the door and windows.
Why use this method?
1. Major potential for environmentally friendly construction projects. There are efforts to use the plethora of plastics floating in our oceans or lying around in waste dumps that could be used. Also, concrete and other materials can be better recycled and used more efficiently.
2. Large-scale industrial 3D printing can be used to build inexpensive 3D printed houses in developing countries.
3. High insulation factor, fire resistant , coded for 8.0 earthquakes.
4. Reduces C02 emissions up to 90% less in production process from Portland cement.
5. Uses Geo-cement, which is a fiber cement that uses geopolymers that rate as a green building product.
The walls are extruded cement with a polymer and printed on site with a mobile printer. They are strong and can withstand a 8.0 earthquake, unlike most conventional buildings. They estimate structures lasting over 100 years, so if you are going to house animals, you might plan what you are going to do with the structures afterwards, because they will last far past your needs of housing animals.