3D Printing Builds Three-Bedroom Home In 48 Hrs.
By Mat Dirjish
SQ4D, a 3D printing company, using what it calls a revolutionary Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS), has built the world’s largest permitted 3D printed home. Impressively, the 1,900-square-foot home took only forty eight hours of print time, over an eight day period.
The home was entirely printed and built onsite using less than $6,000 in materials. Future print-time is expected to be cut in half on their next projects, due to ARCS enhancements implemented post construction.
Patent-pending ARCS technology robotically builds foundations, exterior walls, interior walls, utility conduits and other structures. The digital driven system can reduce labor to as little as three people, accounting for up to 41% of the total construction of a home.
Also, ARCS is said to be a low-power consumption technology. Obviously, this would allow homes and other buildings to be built using far less energy than needed in traditional construction methods, creating an environmentally friendly impact.
ARCS achieves faster build times by eliminating and consolidating over 20 manual labor intensive processes, i.e., siding, framing, sheathing, etc. It replaces and/or eliminates more expensive and inferior building materials, causing the printed structures to be stronger and safer. Utilizing concrete will reduce the cost by at least 30%, as well as making the structure more fire resistant than traditional methods.
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