3-D printed homes taking off
3-D printed housing communities are being planned in Rancho Mirage, Calif. and Austin, Tex.
Construction of 3-D homes is 10 percent to 30 percent cheaper than traditional construction and can be built several months faster. This is especially important given the rising costs builders are seeing for conventional construction materials, like steel, aluminum and especially lumber. 3-D printing production process also eliminates 99 percent of construction waste.
Made of concrete or a polymer, these homes have shown to be far more energy efficient, sustainable and resilient than conventional wood-built homes. Another advantage: since the homes are concrete, they are resistant to mold, termites, water and rot.