Ever think that watching a house being build would be like “watching toothpaste getting squeezed from a tube”?
Neither did Habitat for Humanity homeowner April Stringfield. But as she watched a computer-guided nozzle print her home using concrete, the toothpaste comparison is what came to mind.
Iowa company, Alquist 3D developed this new homebuilding method. According to company founder Zack Mannheimer, Alquist 3D’s goal is “to help solve the housing crisis in America.”
Stringfield, who works as a hotel housekeeper, had dreamed of owning a home with a yard for son to play in for years. In December 2021, she and her 13-year-old son, Azayveon, slept in their new home for the first time.
The house in Williamsburg, Va. is the first 3-D-printed house built by Habitat for Humanity, but another is underway in Tempe, Az.
A 3-D printer nozzle traveled back and forth along a circuit to build the foundation and walls. Janet V. Green, the CEO for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg provided some amazing details to the press.
Surprisingly, some interior parts, like switch-plates, are also 3-D-printed.
Green said 3-D-printed homes “could be a game-changer” for America.
Some people may hesitate at buying a concrete home even though they are highly energy efficient. Once painted, though, the homes have good curbside appeal. Stringfield grew up in a concrete home, so, for her, it was a perfect fit.
Still curious? Read more of the story at Alquist 3D.
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