3D printing is one of the hottest technology trends in home building. Utopia editors have launched our 3D Printed Homes Project Tracker to help builders, architects, and other housing industry professionals stay on top of the latest project news and technology trends in the fledgling 3D printed homes market. We will update this newsfeed weekly with the latest projects, market news, research, and tech trends. - Utopia Editors
Layer by layer, 3D-printed housing community rises in Mexico
(The Real Deal) - October 3, 2021
"Using massive 3D printers, a construction startup is building a housing community in southeast Mexico, one that could help prove the technology’s viability to create sturdy housing for people living in poverty. Icon, a 3D printing specialist, has already completed 10 homes at the community outside Nacajuca in Tabasco, with its on-site Vulcan II printer, according to the New York Times." Read the full article.
Building the future of Iowa's affordable housing with a 3D printer
(Jason Clayworth, Axios) - September 29, 2021
"Homes built with a 3D printer could alleviate Iowa's affordable housing gaps and help rejuvenate rural areas, Zach Mannheimer of 3D housing company Alquist told Axios." Read the full article.
How an 11-Foot-Tall 3-D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
(Debra Kamin, The New York Times) - September 28, 2021
"A manufacturing process that builds objects layer by layer from a digital file, 3-D printing is set for explosive growth. After a pandemic-related boom from printing objects like test swabs, protective gear and respirator parts, the 3-D printing market is forecast to be worth $55.8 billion by 2027, according to Smithers, a technology consulting firm." Read the full article.
Are you ready for a 3D-printed house? They’re cheaper, stronger and long-lasting, developers say
(David Lyons, South Florida Sun Sentinel, per The Seattle Times) - September 26, 2021
"The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a corduroy-patterned exterior, rounded corners — and a cement pour that oozed from an industrial-sized toothpaste tube. And most intriguing of all, it comes from a 3D printer. When the house is finished around November, Kyndra and James Light, a husband-wife development team, will be asking between $175,000 and $225,000 for the 1,440-square-foot dwelling." Read the full article.
MASK Architects unveils design for steel 3D-printed modular houses
(MASK Architects) - September 16, 2021
MASK Architects has designed what its calling the "world's first steel 3D printed structure of modular houses" for Nivola Museum’s visitors, tourists and artists in Sardinia, Italy. Read the full article.
Could 3D-printed homes solve Canada's housing supply problem?
(Clayton Jarvis, Winsor Star) - September 14, 2021
"The horror story that is Canada’s housing market features two protagonists: historically low mortgage rates and a painfully inadequate supply of homes for sale. The first could gradually mitigate. The second will be invading homebuyers’ nightmares for years to come." Read the full article.
Canada's first 3D printed housing community to be built as part of 'Marco Polo 100' challenge
(Paul Hanaphy, 3D Printing Industry) - September 7, 2021
"Renewable energy and real estate firm Horizon Legacy Group has unveiled plans to build Canada’s 'first and largest 3D printed neighborhood.' As part of its ‘Marco Polo 100’ challenge, the company is offering $10 million to fund the R&D of any advanced technologies or building approaches, capable of erecting housing at a cost of just $100/sq ft." Read the full article.
3Strands brings more 3D-printed homes by ICON to Austin Market
(ICON) - August 31, 2021
"This multi-home mainstream housing development in East Austin leverages ICON’s proprietary 3D printing technology to construct safer, more resilient homes to meet the current demand in one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S." Read the full article.
America’s biggest 3D printed building is this new military barracks in Texas
(Vanessa Bates Ramirez, SingularityHub) - August 30, 2021
"3D printing is picking up speed as a construction technology, with 3D printed houses, schools, apartment buildings, and even Martian habitat concepts all being unveiled in the last year (not to mention Airbnbs and entire luxury communities). Now another type of structure is being added to this list: military barracks." Read the full article.
ICON secures more than $200 million in Series B funding led by Norwest Venture Partners to support rapid growth and demand for 3D-printed construction
(ICON) - August 24, 2021
"ICON, developer of advanced construction technologies including robotics, software and building materials, today announced it has completed a $207 million series B round of financing led by Norwest Venture Partners. ICON also welcomes Jeff Crowe, Managing Partner at Norwest Venture Partners, a leading multi-stage investment firm, to its Board of Directors. From world-renowned architects to the country’s largest homebuilders, ICON’s line-up of series B investors also includes 8VC, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, BOND, Citi, Crosstimbers, Ensemble, Fifth Wall, LENx, Moderne Ventures and Oakhouse Partners. The investment brings ICON’s total funding since launching its revolutionary technology to $266 million." Read the full article.
The rise of 3D-printed houses
(The Economist) - August 21, 2021
"A batch of new houses across California is selling unusually fast. In the past two months, 82 have been snapped up, and the waiting list is 1,000 long. That demand should, though, soon be satisfied—for, while it can take weeks to put up a conventional bricks-and-mortar dwelling, Palari Homes and Mighty Buildings, the collaborators behind these houses, are able to erect one in less than 24 hours." Read the full article (registration required).
75% of millennials would consider 3D-printed homes
(Sam Steers, Construction Global) - August 20, 2021
"As 3D-printed home technology becomes more mainstream with a 3D house being built in half the time for half the cost, a new survey from Realtor.com has found that 75% of millennials would consider living in a 3D printed home. It also revealed that 66% of all consumers asked would think about the prospect of a printed house, whilst 30% of all respondents and 43% of millennials think that 3D printed homes will replace traditional methods of homebuilding." Read the full article.
How much does a 3D printed house cost in 2021?
(Leo Gregurić, ALL3DP) - August 6, 2021
"Every new innovation comes to the market with a price that tends to go down over time. Large concrete 3D printers are no exception. Just as with most technologies, the prices are dropping as new, better, and more affordable products are being developed. Further helping prices to lower are new, innovative concrete mixes." Read the full article.
The 3D-printed home option
(Catherine Mesick, Realtor Magazine) - August 1, 2021
"With home prices rising and housing inventory tight, home buyers are craving a wider variety of options in a competitive market. While construction has picked up, labor shortages and the rising cost of lumber remain challenges. The U.S. is nearly 5 million homes short of meeting market demand. A new crop of companies say they have a solution: 3D printing technology. And their work could transform the way we build houses on a broader scale." Read the full article.
A new way to build houses: Florida's first 3D printed house is being built in Tallahassee
(Christopher Cann, Tallahassee Democrat) - July 19, 2021
"A new way to build houses has come to Tallahassee: Florida's first 3D printed house began construction in the Griffin Heights neighborhood Thursday morning." Read the full article.
Continuous fiber-reinforced, 3D printed houses on the horizon
(Hannah Mason, CompositesWorld) - July 6, 2021
"3D-printed modular building manufacturer Mighty Buildings moves toward certification of higher-strength, more sustainable glass fiber-reinforced housing panels." Read the full article.
East Bay startup aims to solve housing crunch with 3-D printing technology
(Susie Steimle, KPIX 5) - June 24, 2021
"While many blame tech companies for playing a role in causing the housing affordability crisis, an Oakland-based startup is hoping to be the solution. Mighty Buildings just raised $40 million in its Series B funding round and has created seven 3D-printed ADUs or accessory dwelling units, that are out in the community already." Read the full article.
Habitat for Humanity builds its first 3D-printed home in nation
(Habitat for Humanity) - June 09, 2021
"Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (Habitat) is building its first 3D-printed home in Tempe, seeking to transform affordable housing opportunities. The custom, single-story home, currently under construction on a lot owned by the City of Tempe, combines 3D printing and traditional construction to create an innovative model for the future: a scalable, cost-effective homeownership solution to address the affordable housing crisis facing communities nationwide." Read the full article.
ICON unveils its next-gen 3D printer and introduces “House Zero” designed by Lake|Flato Architects
(ICON) - May 24, 2021
"ICON unveiled its next generation Vulcan construction system and debuted its new Exploration Series of homes to cooperatively develop new design languages and architectural vernaculars with world-class architects based on the opportunities created by construction scale 3D printing. ICON’s first home in the series, “House Zero,” is designed by the award-winning firm, Lake|Flato Architects and features an elevated architectural and energy efficient design that highlights the benefits of resiliency and sustainability only found in homebuilding through 3D printing." Read the full article.
Dutch couple become Europe’s first inhabitants of a 3D-printed house
(Daniel Boffey, The Guardian) - April 30, 2021
"A Dutch couple have become Europe’s first tenants of a fully 3D printed house in a development that its backers believe will open up a world of choice in the shape and style of the homes of the future." Read the full article.
Will 3D printed house bring more affordable homes to Virginia?
(Alison Rice, Utopia) - April 2, 2021
"As Virginia Tech professors Andrew McCoy and Philip Agee develop their plans to build a 3D printed house in Virginia, they are managing countless details, from local building codes to technical requirements for ready-mix concrete. But they are also keeping the big picture in mind as they experiment with this revolutionary home building technology. 'The builder is the key vote,' says McCoy, director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research and a professor of building construction at Virginia Tech, a 37,000-student public university in Blacksburg, Va. 'Whether the builder endorses it or vetoes it, it is the key vote.' Read the full article.
3Strands announces country’s first 3D-printed homes for sale
(ICON) - March 4, 2021
"The Kansas City developer, 3Strands, today announced that the next evolution of homebuilding has launched with the company’s first multi-home project: America’s first 3D printed homes for sale. Partnering with Austin-based construction technology company, ICON, the 3Strands mainstream housing development leverages ICON’s proprietary 3D printing construction technology, software and advanced materials to deliver the two to four bedroom homes located in Austin, TX, one of the fastest-growing cities in America." Read the full article.
You can now buy a 3D-printed home – here’s a look inside
(Diana Olick, CNBC) - February 25, 2021
"A New York homebuilder has put a 3D-printed home on the market for the first time in the United States, and he is getting a lot of offers. The new home will be 1,500 square feet, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage. It is listed at just under $299,000. That’s about half the price of a comparable newly built home in the area." Read the full article.
PERI Group uses COBOD printer to build world's first on-site 3D printed apartment building
(Hayley Everett, 3D Printing Industry) - November 18, 2020
"Germany-based construction company PERI Group has announced the beginning of a project which will see the construction of a three-floor printed commercial apartment building on-site in Wallenhausen, Germany. Deemed a global ‘world first’ by the firm, the apartment will be printed using Danish manufacturing firm COBOD’s 3D printing technology, and when finished will consist of five rentable apartments." Read the full article.
COBOD’s 3D construction printer used to make the first 3D printed building in Germany
(COBOD) - October 1, 2020
"The two-story building in Germany follows only a few months after that COBOD’s Belgium customer, Kamp C, revealed Europe’s first 3D printed two story building in Europe. The video (seen here) from the 3D printing of the building in Belgium has gone viral and has been seen more than 400.000 times as a testament to the growing popularity of the technology." Read the full article.
COBOD and PERI 3D print 3.5 houses in 4 days at Bautec exhibition
(Tess Boissonneault, 3D Printing Media Network) - February 24, 2020
"Last week, at the International Bautec construction exhibition in Berlin, visitors were given the unique opportunity to see a house being 3D printed each day. Danish construction 3D printing company COBOD and its partner PERI Group undertook the ambitious project to demonstrate how the BOD2 construction 3D printer is capable of printing a house in less than 24 hours. Over the course of four days, COBOD and PERI successfully 3D printed 3.5 houses, spanning 64-meters-square each. The fourth house was not completed on the fourth day because the partners undertook 3D printing two logos for Bautec. In total, COBOD says it 3D printed the equivalent of 8 meters square per hour." Read the full article.
24 hour 3D printed housing: This has to stop
(Kerry Stevenson, Fabbaloo) - December 16, 2019
"I’m not happy, and it’s because of ongoing sensationalist coverage of construction 3D printing. I and others have written about this countless times but I’m going to do so yet again. This time there are a bevy of stories touting a series of homes, apparently all '3D Printed in 24 Hours!' And all of this must be false." Read the full article.
Truth in 3D printed construction? “Nobody 3D printed an entire building”
(Joris Peels, 3Dprint.com) - December 4, 2019
"At 3DPrint.com, we’ve always been very skeptical about the goings-on in 3D printed construction. A lot of houses have been 3D printed in 24 hours, each time while conveniently forgetting to invite the media. We’ve seen images that clearly tell us that a building wasn’t printed in 24 hours and we’ve seen a lot of claims that simply do not stand up to scrutiny. We’ve also therefore been very careful about what we publish on 3D printed construction, sadly other news sources have not been." Read the full article.