Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

The market for 3D printed stuff is estimated to reach $26.5 billion by the end of 2021, and 3D printed houses are arguably one of the most significant things 3D printing can offer. 3D printed houses are made with a special “ink” that can be made from several materials, such as concrete, fibres and sand.

Circa May 2016, the world’s first fully 3D printed building was debuted in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; it was built with a 3D printer that measured 20ft tall, 120ft long, and 40ft wide. The project was finished in 17 days by 17 people and its labour costs were half that of similar buildings made via conventional means. Circa March 2017, start-up Apis Cor of Boston, Massachusetts 3D printed a 37m2 house in Russia for circa $10,000.

Circa March 2018, housing non-governmental organization and charity New Story of San Francisco, California and Icon of Austin, Texas unveiled a proof-of-concept 3D printed house. New Story is a self-proclaimed “non-profit working to create a world where no human lives in survival mode by providing one of life’s most basic needs – shelter.” Icon is a self-proclaimed “Austin-based construction technologies company dedicated to revolutionizing homebuilding and making dignified housing the standard for people throughout the world,” whose Vulcan 3D printer can print a 700ft2 building for $4,000 within 24 hours.

Despite the significance of what the examples described above represent, truly high-end 3D printers can cost several million US dollars and the problem of refining building codes to properly account for 3D printing remains. Nonetheless, 3D printing has the potential to become a significant part of the future of architecture and construction; it also enables companies to experiment with design and build houses significantly faster, cheaper, and with less environmental impact.

3D printing is an amazing tool. It can grow your small business or start a mini revolution in an industry. Explore what it can do for you when you contact us today.

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