USA open first house from 3D printer
Cobble together a house from your home 3D printer and then move into it. Sounds utopian? In the USA, that’s exactly what has now become reality. The exterior and interior walls of the house, as well as parts of the terrace covering, come from the 3D printer.
House from the 3D printer opened
Shortly before Christmas 2021, a family in the USA was able to move into the first house built with the help of a 3D printer. The house was built by the Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg organization, which provides homes to low-income families via 20- to 30-year interest-free loans.
The 3D-printed house is a full 111 square feet, and accordingly was built in record time. It took about 12 hours to print, as the organization shares. The layering of the parts from a concrete mass shortened the overall construction time by about four weeks, it said.
At the same time, significant parts of the roof structure were still made of wood and other materials. Similar to one of the first 3D-printed houses in Europe, Project Milestone in the Netherlands.
House must be self-completed
On the part of the Alquist company, the new owners will also be provided with a 3D printer in the kitchen along with a downloadable template to print out door knobs, covers for light switches and other replaceable parts, for example, to complete their new home.
As a requirement of the Habitat Homebuyer program, the new homeowner had to complete April 300 hours of community service. Some of that was building her own home from the 3D printer. Others were completed at the Habitat ReStore in Williamsburg.