Riddle me this: If you have no lumber and no steel, can you still build a home? If you’ve been keeping up with builder trends and sustainable homes, you know that the answer is yes.
Building homes without traditional materials has been made possible by 3D printing. 3D-printed homes involve using standard 3D printing technologies on a much larger scale. Instead of using plastic like a traditional 3D printer, the robotic arm extruder prints concrete layer by layer, forming the walls of a residential home.
Although the technology is still new, it has enormous potential! Clients may even be starting to show interest in homes with this new construction feature.
There are various reasons why 3D-printed homes are up-and-coming for both construction companies and the public.
- Better efficiency of insulation
- Decreased construction labor and time
- 3D-printed homes are strong enough to take on Arizona’s heat
- 3D-printed homes can last longer than traditional construction materials
Aesthetically, 3D-printed homes can take on the same form as a traditionally constructed home or can take on a whole new look. When constructing a 3D-printed home, the exterior and interior walls are usually completed with a 3D printer, while other elements of the home can utilize more traditional construction materials.
Locally in Arizona, there is currently a 3D-printed home in Tempe and a few builders around the state. So, what do you think? Are you excited about the idea of seeing more 3D-printed homes in Arizona?