Recently, we have talked about how it will be possible to perform human organ-transplants using the technology of 3D Printing, but just a few days ago, a company just printed an ENTIRE HOUSE. Yes, that’s right, they printed an entire house; one that can be lived in, by using a massive 3D Printer. How do they do it? What does it look like? How much does it cost? We will answer those questions right away!
Let us get to know who is the one responsible in achieving this feat beforehand. Apis Cor, a San Francisco-based 3D Printing company specializing in printing whole buildings on site with their mobile 3D Printer. With the desire to automate the world (no, it certainly doesn’t sound like a supervillain’s scheme), the company’s founder, Nikita Chen-yun-tai even said that the company is ready to be the first in building on Mars. With such a bold statement, there is a lot to be proven, but very recently, the company has done just that.
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In Stupino, Moscow, the world’s first house to be printed entirely on-site, without having the needs to assemble parts of the walls and such, has been achieved. Boasting a unique design and construction method, the building certainly does not look like it was created mostly by a massive 3D Printing crane. Although the installation of doors and windows were done by humans, the fact that Apis Cor’s 3D Printer managed to print the entire 38 square-meter establishment (save for the roof and paint) without the installations in just about 24 hours is astounding. What about its interior? Its seemingly curvy design is accommodated with Samsung’s sophisticated appliances. Insulation? TechnoNICOL assisted in the insulation with their experience in the market since 1992. The cost? US$ 10,134.
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With such a price, it might not be an exaggeration to say that the price of residences might be getting more affordable with the utilization of such printing-technology. Moreover, Apis Cor claims that the 3D printed building can last for approximately 175 years! Sure enough, this technology is still in development, but when a fully-fledged residence has already been established when the innovation is still this new, it is inevitable for people to assume and wonder its capabilities in the future.
Here is to see how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkAbOMDZS2w
Since constructions of the roof, windows, doors, and such still require the skills of human, it is safe to say that construction workers still have their job intact in the near future. However, when the majority of the building’s exterior was done by a machine (which, of course, is man-made), can we really be certain that the machines will not take over the construction industry in several decades to come?
What do you think of this technology and the house itself? Or do you have something to say regarding the technology advancement or property issues? Be sure to comment below and let us know!