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.
On June 9th 2021, non-governmental, non-profit organisation Habitat For Humanity (Habitat) of Atlanta, Georgia announced that its first 3D printed house in the United States was being built in Tempe, Arizona. Construction began back in May and combines using a BOD2 3D printer with conventional means. For reasons unknown, Habitat stated that the BOD2 had been shipped from formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI of Weißenhorn, Germany, even though the BOD2 is actually made by construction 3D printing specialist COBOD of Copenhagen, Denmark. (COBOD is short for construction of buildings on demand. Noteworthily enough, PERI bought a stake in COBOD in 2018.)
The would-be single-family home is intended to feature 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms across 1,738 square feet of living space. Habitat also proclaimed that the house would be what it described as “solar ready” once construction was completed, and that circa 75% of the building would be 3D printed, including all the walls. (Habitat failed to properly define its use of the term solar ready.) In addition, Habitat argued that using a 3D printer would help construction during the hottest time of the year, when building usually slows due to high temperatures putting staff and volunteers at risk. Habitat hopes that the project will lead to others helping it make the technology scale to be more efficient and cost effective, and expects the house to be completed in early autumn 2021.
Another recent example of 3D printing’s use in construction involves development finance institution CDC Group (CDC) of London. In late June 2021, it unveiled what it claimed was the world’s first 3D printed school in the Salima district of Malawi. This was done as part of a joint venture between CDC and multinational building materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim of Zug, Switzerland named 14Trees, which focuses on building social infrastructure like schools and affordable houses in Africa.
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