A San Francisco Startup 3D Printed a Whole House in 24 Hours

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May 2, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: May 2 on

San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor built a whole house in a Russian town within 24 hours. It didn”t repair an existing home or use prefabricated parts to make that happen — its technology”s secret lies in 3D printing. The company used a mobile 3D printer to print out the house”s concrete walls, partitions and building envelope. Workers had to manually paint it and install the roofing materials, wiring, hydro-acoustic and thermal insulation, but even those didn”t take them that much time.

The result is a 400-square-foot house that”s around as big as a standard hotel room. It”s no mansion, but it could be a good choice for people who prefer tiny homes. Apis Cor says the whole house set it back $10,134, with the door and windows eating up the largest part of the budget. That sounds about right for a tiny home, though that amount doesn”t seem to including the cost of the land itself.