Although it has always been on our radar, we have absolutely become obsessed with 3D printing over the last year as technologies evolve and creativities run wild amongst our fellow colleagues. There is an endless list of things you can accomplish using today’s 3D printing solutions, and the technology expands far beyond a simple machine sitting in your office.
The idea of printing eco-friendly structures that are capable of living in has been one of the latest fads that have been growing over this last year. Multiple companies taking to the idea to find the best way of developing solutions that are both money-friendly and just as capable as anything else.
Now, we have the first generation of exactly that available within the market in New York. SQ4D Inc. has released a model that was printed using its Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS). It was certified for sale, which means you could buy it this very moment (if it hasn’t sold already).
It’s a relatively small home of just 1,500 sq ft, printed using concrete, making the perfect opportunity to see how well a home like this will stand up to the normal construction methods of today. Smaller with less wall space means more structural durability to the weather around it (not to mention, concrete). That, and it was likely much less of an invested expense than a much larger home as it is essentially a prototype of things to come.
It is located on a 1/4 acre of land with 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and an attached 2 1/2 car garage, making it a suitable option for many.
The Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) was used to build the footings, foundations, interior, and exterior walls. All of this done on-site, and with a 50-year limited warranty. Which isn’t something you normally find these days. At least not here in Las Vegas where you’re lucky to get anything more than a year outside of your typical roof, windows, or garage door warranties.
We look forward to learning more about how well it handles the weather over long periods of time, as well as its analytics surrounding energy conservation compared to the advances everywhere else.
There is no doubt that we will see much more to come throughout the year as homes like these pop up in other cities throughout the country, and other locations around the world. Especially as these technologies continue to evolve.