Real estate agents have been selling the same wood frame constructed houses for over a century. But times are changing:
Cutting-edge technology out of Long Island, New York, allows homebuyers to print their dream home. And leading the 3D revolution is SQ4D, a Patchogue, New York-based company.
3D printed construction isn’t just for show; it’s actually higher-quality, highly customizable, more affordable, and faster to erect than traditional wood frame construction.
How 3D Home Construction will Change the Market
Imagine a world where your client selects the building lot of their choice. Using virtual reality, they move through their newly designed beautiful concrete house: open concept, curved walls, radiant heat, solar, Tesla charging stations, gray water systems…they even select the furniture in each room.
Once the design is complete, there’s no need to wait for an entire construction crew and lumber to get started building.
A two-person crew erects a 3D printer on-site in 4-6 hours.
Once the printer is in place, it prints:
- Interior walls
- Exterior walls
…all in about 40 print hours.
A second machine then prints the doors, moldings, vanities, and kitchen cabinets out of recycled plastic bottles. Carbon dioxide is extracted from the air and infused into the concrete, making the house carbon negative.
In just three short months, the house is ready to move in. Oh, and did I mention that the concrete structure is also given a 50-year warranty?
Sound like the future? It’s not. It’s happening now.
Benefits of 3D Printed Homes
I’m currently in the process of 3D printing a house with SQ4D. Why? I believe it’s the future of housing in America. Here are the reasons why:
- Cost. You can save up to 40% on forms, footings, foundation, excavation, walls, and roofing compared to traditional construction.
- Design. If you can dream it up, you can 3D print it.
- Speed. Since you don’t have to coordinate multiple trades, construction is much faster.
- Quality. Concrete is fire, flood, and insect-proof, and lasts longer than traditional houses.
With supply chain issues, rising material costs, and a shortage of skilled labor, there is an inventory shortage of nearly 4 million single-family homes across the US. Automating construction could help close that gap.