3D Printed Buildings Hit Big Milestones

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Rob Wells

Three recent projects show innovation in 3D printed building. The first comes from Austin, TX, where the public can purchase the first American 3D printed homes. A development project in the California desert comes in second, where builders have announced the first 3D printed housing community. A Tennessee credit union that features a 3D printed façade takes the third spot.

Austin residents await becoming the first to purchase 3D printed homes. Although manufacturers have produced several 3D printed houses around the country as experimental projects or custom builds, Logan Construction, using ICON’s Vulcan construction system, plans to manufacture homes for the open market. Buyers will purchase two to four-bedroom houses designed to be especially strong against fire, flood, wind, and other natural disasters. Builders have used ICON’s technology to construct approximately 25 homes in Central Texas and Mexico.

Coachella Valley, a housing community in California, covers five acres. Builders plan to construct 15 3D printed homes. With a price tag of $595,000, each home features three bedrooms, 1,450 square feet, and a swimming pool. Under the direction of the Palari Development Group and 3D printed by Mighty Buildings, developers expect to complete the project in the spring of 2022.

A Tennessee company intends to create the first freeform 3D printed façade using the Cellular Fabrication process (C-Fab). C-Fab differs from other 3D printing technologies in its ability to develop volumetric geometries with twenty times less material than traditional layer-upon-layer 3D printing while still maintaining structural integrity.

The speed at which these three projects are moving forward advances 3D printed buildings beyond the experimental phase into the mainstream.

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