Print Me A Home

San Francisco-based startup, Apis Cor, built a whole house in a Russian town within 24 hours. It didn't repair an existing home or use prefabricated parts to make that happen. The secret lies in 3D printing.

The company used a mobile 3D printer to print out the concrete walls, partitions and building envelope of the house. Workers had to manually paint it and install the roofing materials, wiring, hydro-acoustic and thermal insulation, but that didn't take much time.

The result is a 100 square-metre house that's around the size of a standard hotel room. It's no mansion, but it could prove attractive to the growing contingent of people who prefer small homes. Apis Cor says the whole house cost about $13,000 make, with the door and windows eating up the largest part of the budget and – as you would expect – that figure doesn't account for the cost of land. If Apis Cor does start 3D printing houses, owners can choose any shape they want and even choose to make something larger than this compact abode.

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