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The world’s largest 3D printed home for sale in the US.
From the outside, it looks like an ordinary family bungalow, but look closer, and you’ll notice a series of ribbed lines around the house: it’s printed, not built.
According to a listing on US realty site Zillow, it is also the world’s largest 3D printed home, and it’s for sale in Riverhead, New York.
The listing originally claimed the three-bed, 150sqm house is also the first in the world to be 3D printed. Information on the website of the building’s creators, SQD4, stepped that claim back, however, leaning on the fact it’s likely the largest home of its kind yet made.
While several companies have been producing 3D printed homes for a while, SQD4’s home is the first to be commercially available.
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On offer for a very reasonable US$299,999 (NZ$417,000), the home comes with one bathroom, open plan living-kitchen-diner and a detached 2.5 car garage.
According to Reuters, the building process took just days, and included printing everything from the foundations up, from a viscous concrete that is laid over a plan in thick ropes by SQD4’s Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS).
“We instruct the machine to go around and follow your floor plan each pass as we go by. We’re constantly building up,” director of operations for SQ4D Kirk Andersen told Reuters.
Videos on the SQD4 site show the process in more detail, including the building of interior walls and built-in wardrobes with the printer.
The roof and other features of the home are then added to the shell.
The listing, through US firm One Key MLS, includes several computer-rendered impressions of the home, and one image of the completed structure from the outside.
According to Techradar, the printed shell of the house alone could cost less than US$6000 (NZ$8340) to construct, even cheaper than a tiny home or container conversion.
While the property is more standard house-like than 3D designs have been in the past, it’s far from the first home to be created or lived in with this new, computer-guided building tech.
The New Story charity started building 3D printed homes for a community of families, some of whome live on as little as US$3, a day in Tabasco, Mexico, in 2017. The first two-storey prototype 3D-printed home was completed by Belgian company Kamp C ins 2020 – It was also the largest at 90sqm at that time.
The first “3D-printed, fully functional villa” was completed at the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, in United Arab Emirates in December 2020. It only claimed to be the first of its kind in the Middle East.