All the news about 3D printing houses has revolutionized the real estate sector, but … How much of what you read is real?
The same thing always happens. As soon as they look green shoots the press resonates and often exaggerates reality.
And this case is no exception.
Consider, for example, all those projects in which you intended to use a 3D printer to fully develop them.
Where are they?
While there are some that have become a reality, the vast majority have stayed on track.
In order to put the cards on the table and be aware of the real situation in this particular case, we will discuss 3D printing.
What are 3D print houses?
As I said above, we have been repeating over and over again for many years that there are houses that can be completely built using a 3D printer.
However, This is a white lie. Finally, components such as windows, doors … need a separate job, which already limits the efficiency of this process.
Nevertheless, if we ignore this detail, it is a technology that is in operation. In fact, you may even know someone who lives in a house made this way.
What are the advantages of houses made with 3D printers?
Like all technologies that exist, it has its positive and most negative part.
However, when we think of practices like this, we get so caught up it is about something from the future that it seems impossible to analyze it with a reason in front of you.
But since we are professionals at Globaliza, we took off our masked passion for the sector for a moment to look at it with critical eyes.
- They can be printed directly where they will be installed.
- They are much cheaper than traditional ones (savings are around 35%).
- They build up quickly and generate less waste.
- Construction errors are minimized.
Is there anything that convinces you that you need or need a property like this?
What are the disadvantages of houses made with 3D printers?
If there are advantages, there are also disadvantages, which we will discuss below.
- Printers have technical limitations.
- They need external elements that cannot yet be printed.
- They use certain concrete.
- They still do not meet many regulations.
My feeling is that these are shortcomings that will be gradually alleviated, that this is the future and that this will be the norm sooner …
… But you still need to row.
What is the current situation of houses produced by 3D printers in Spain?
The reality is that a house manufactured with a 3D printer faces many difficulties on a legal and quality level.
The reality is that achieving price competitiveness is something unrealistic, so it cannot be understood as a generalized alternative.
However, this does not mean that its properties do not make it profitable in very specific aspects, such as the construction of complex and unique pieces.
Want to see some examples of projects that are sustainable?
It all started in 2017.
He started the University of Nantes Project Yhnova with a very specific goal: build houses in the fastest and most economical way possible.
To achieve this result, the main actors in the project used an extremely innovative method of 3D printing:
- They printed two layers of expanded polyurethane foam.
- Also a third of the concrete that would serve as insulation.
In that way, they built the walls of a 95-square-meter house in less than 54 hours.
While it is true that after the additional 4 months it took to install the windows, roof and windows, the costs were reduced by more than 20% compared to traditional techniques.
Icon is developing a home community in Mexico for those who need it most
Manufacturer Icon and New Story are working together to help the homeless.
It is a project that aims to give a home to people who have less than $ 3 a day.
In the end, it is one of the most ambitious projects you will find on this list.
Snow gives you an impression of its position, doesn’t it?
It is located in Stupin, a small town in the Moscow region.
The house is not too big, it is only 38 square meters, but what is most impressive is the construction process:
- A mobile 3D printer was used.
- It was built in less than 24 hours.
Does it also remove hiccups?
It was the first time the whole house had been printed, not piece by piece.
Will houses made with 3D printers be populated?
I guess I’d know I’d make a millionaire out of myself by investing in them, but I don’t have a crystal ball for now.
What I do know is that this whole procedure looks really good and the options are at your fingertips.
Therefore, if you are curious or interested in the sector, I advise you to take a good look to get a good understanding of how this whole process will work.
And if you have any questions, I am at your disposal via comments.