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A License to Print Houses


A house in the process of being 3D-printed.

This house being 3d-Printed in Long Island, NY, by developer SQ4D cost $20,000 to build; conventional methods would have brought the price tage to $150,000.

Credict: Financial Times

As three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes start to catch on, Logan Architecture founder Andrew Logan predicts, "20 years from now, you will be able to buy a piece of land and print your own home through an app on your phone."

Several Logan-designed 3D-printed housing developments were completed in Austin, TX, in September, using software-guided robots to pipe cement walls into additive layers.

Logan said 3D printing can accommodate curved walls and corners, although wall height is limited to slightly over 8 feet.

The use of 3D printing could find acceptance in the mid-market housebuilding sector because of its cost advantages over human construction.

For example, developer SQ4D last  summer printed a three-bedroom, ranch-style house in Riverhead, NY, for $20,000, versus a $150,000 price tag for building the same house using conventional methods.

From Financial Times
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