WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Following the successful construction of a 3D-printed facility in Dubai by San Francisco-based startup company Apis Cor, the company is now set to launch its first 3D-printed home in California in 2020.
- The building, which was designed with local materials, was completed by three workers in just two weeks.
- The technology is said to not only promote the use of sustainable building materials but will also meet a range of housing needs for residents, according to Jennifer McGovern of the Santa Barbara County Housing.
A two-story building in the United Arab Emirates is being touted as the world’s biggest 3D-printed structure. Now, its developers are using technology to build affordable housing in the US.
Measuring in at 6,900 square feet (640 square meters), the building was 3D-printed on-site using locally made materials. With the help of three workers and a construction crane, the building was finished in October, just two weeks of construction, by San Francisco-based startup company Apis Cor.
It is now intended for use as an administrative building for the Dubai Municipality.
Now in a trail-blazing partnership between Apis Cor and the Santa Barbara County Housing Trust Fund, the same technology is going to be used to construct the very first 3D-printed house in the said county.
Applauding their partnership with Apis Cor, President and CEO of the Housing Trust Fund Jennifer McGovern said: “We are excited about the potential for 3D-printing to significantly lower the time and cost involved in constructing affordable housing and to promote the use of sustainable building materials. We believe that 3D-printing of homes will have broad future application for meeting a range of local housing needs.”
McGovern also said that the technology would also provide the residents with local, regional to national housing needs. They also assured in their efforts to promote the innovative housing technology, all results from the collaboration will be shared among peers in the affordable housing industry.
Although their 3D printing technology is only at its early stages of construction, CEO and Founder of Apis Cor Nikita Cheniuntai said, “We do extensive R&D work to make the technology available for mass use.”
He also said that the Dubai Municipality project gave them the ‘unique knowledge and invaluable experience’ that they needed to develop a new version of their 3D printer.
With plans to launch their first permitted 3D-printed home in the US early next year, Apis Cor also hope that their printers will soon be available for sale.
“The improved version will be more reliable and time-efficient (twice as fast). Moreover, during the project we tested and improved our own-developed 3D mixture. This project is a huge step forward in the concrete 3D printing industry.”
In 2017, Apis Cor had made headlines after debuting their demo building at their testing facility in Moscow. Using materials worth $10,000, the simplified structure was also completed in just a day.
Source: Good News Network