This is a very fast construction job.
The future is here and now houses can be built in a matter of hours using 3D printers.
Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization, recently partnered with Alquist 3D-printing company to print a home for Williamsburg, Virginia, and now homeowner April Springfield. The printing of the liquid concrete foundation for the new three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,200-square-foot home in Springfield took just 12 hours. Typically, the process of building the foundation of a house takes about four weeks, SWNS reports.
Springfield has helped subsidize its cost by helping build a new home, a major tenant of the Habitat for Humanity homebuilding program in the area: Homes come together in partnership between buyers, volunteers and home sponsors.
In fact, Springfield said it took at least 300 hours of “sweating” to build the house, which was finally presented to him and his 13-year-old son. The partnership agreement also made home ownership a reality for Springfield, which accounts for less than 80 percent of the average workplace income as a head of laundry at a local hotel.
Habitat’s Homebuyer program also offered Springfield a mortgage loan with payments of no more than 30 percent of its income. The program then uses that money to build cheaper homes in the United States.
If anything in his house breaks down, from electrical outlets to door handles, Springfield is equipped with its own 3D printer to print new ones.
While the process of printing liquid concrete may be unconventional, according to SWNS, the material is actually relatively environmentally friendly and inexpensive. Using concrete as the main building material could reduce construction costs by up to 15 percent per square meter, the agency said. In addition, it provides quality insulation, thereby reducing heating and cooling charges and providing more protection from tornadoes and storms than other materials.
As for Springfield’s home, the building is also EarthCraft certified, which means it’s much cheaper to maintain and has minimal impact on the environment.
Springfield Residence was the first to have a 3D-printed home through a new program from a nonprofit organization. The second in Tempe, Arizona, is scheduled to be presented next month.