Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is not a new technology. But now it has been taken to an entirely new level after a company 3D printed an entire house in just 24 hours.
The Apis Cor and PIK companies have successfully built a 3D-printed house in Russia that is 400 square foot in area or about 38 square meters. That includes the walls, partitions, and building envelope which were printed out of a concrete mixture erected layer by layer in less than a day, with the entire house finished in 24 hours.
It consists of a hallway, bathroom, living room and kitchen. The house was built in Apis Cor company’s test facility in the town of Stupino, on the territory of the Stupino aerated concrete factory.
Unlike other 3D printing technologies which have building elements printed off site with assembly later on, this one is printed on site. The 3D printer was only removed from the building by a crane manipulator after it has built the walls.
Building this in December last year was a challenge but the project went through anyway. The cold temperature was a challenge in terms of the workability of the concrete mixture and operability of the machines.
To solve this problem, the makers had to set up a tent that allows for the equipment to work at down to minus 35 degrees Celsius and the concrete mixture to be workable at above 5 degree Celsius.
Because a 3D printer made this house, the shape can be easily customized. There are no restrictions in design of buildings – except laws of physics – when it comes to additive manufacturing.
So this 3D-printed house was made to be circular to demonstrate the flexibility of equipment and diversity of available forms, according to Apis Cor’s website.
The company claimed that it should be able to stand for 175 years.
Note that the total construction cost of the house is just $10,134.
Founder of Apis Cor, Nikita Chen-yun-tai, said through the company’s website, “We want to change public views that construction can’t be fast, eco-friendly, efficient and reliable at the same time.
“Our goal is to become the biggest international construction company to solve problems of accommodation around the globe.”
With this home built cheaply and with quality, it’s not far that the company can reach their goal soon.
Source: Apis Cor