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Jun 8 2017   3:34PM GMT

3D printing is revolutionizing housing

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3D printing is an emerging technology that is becoming a crucial part of practically all the industries: aerospace, medicine, education, civil work and more. Housing is fast becoming an application area leveraging the 3D-printing capabilities. A number of companies are using 3D printing to make homes: PassivDom from Ukraine, Apis Cor, Dur Architects from Amsterdam and Branch Technology from Chattanooga, Tenn.

PassivDom uses a 3D-printing robot to print different parts of a small house such as walls, roof and floor. The robot is capable of printing the parts of a 380-square-feet model in about eight hours. A human worker then works to add the windows, doors, electrical systems and plumbing.

Homes made using this process are solar powered and have their own electrical, plumbing and sewerage system, thereby making them autonomous and mobile. Solar energy powers the electrical systems, while water is drawn from the humidity in the air and purified. You can also pour water yourself in the system. The sewerage system of the building is also independent. You can order a PassivDom house online and it costs a shade under $32,000.

The process

PassivDom employs a three-step process to make a home using the 3D-printing technique. First, the team maps out the plan for the building. In the second step, in PassivDom factories in Ukraine and California, a large seven-axle robot prints the roof, floor and walls as per the layout. The printer utilizes carbon fibers, basalt fibers, resins, polyurethane and fiberglass to make these structures. The final step involves manually adding windows, doors, electrical systems, plumbing and sewage systems.

Make nature your home

This provides an exciting opportunity to people. You can now choose the location of their home: closer to nature and away from the busy city life. Thanks to 3D printing, traditional living is now affordable and efficient anywhere.

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  • shabbhat123
    This is great, i cannot imagine how further more 3D printing is going to go. This is a great innovation and would be very helpful for providing fast and affordable shelter . Robotics and 3D printing has proven highly efficient in many fields including medicine and i believe in coming time 3D printing services would be enormously used for building houses all over the world.

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    Shab Bhat
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