• 1.How long has 3D printing been around?
    3D printing dates to 1950s with robotic bricklaying followed by pumped concrete in the 1960s.  In mid 1990s the technology gained traction and now is feasible.
  • 2.How come we are only recently seeing 3D printing as a building option?
    3D printing is now feasible with proper design, permitting, building inspection, and integration of MEP systems.  Implementers such as Crete Built and partners have the construction knowledge, and now the appropriate technology with MudBot capable of printing the 3D designs.
  • 3.What is the longevity of 3D printed homes or buildings?
    The industry is working on developing standards, but the Russian company, Apis Cor, says the 3D printed concrete house they built can last 175 years.

    Moreover, 3D printed houses on a small scale indicate prices at less than $30/sf.  Based on recent evaluation a standard home will cost more due to the MEP requirements of the home, but frame, finish, and time to be significantly less than traditional building.

  • 4.What are the economic values with 3D printing?
    3D printing is very similar to CMU construction, at a reduced rate.  At the time of our cost comparison CMU block was $1.97 where the same amount of material is $0.32 with a 3D printer.  ICF is another similar construction method typically with a higher cost than CMU block.
  • 5.On average what is the cost comparison of 3D printing to traditional construction?
    According to Virginia Housing, using 3D printing technology in home construction is faster, cheaper and more sustainable than traditional construction, and it is more energy-efficient after the house is built, experts say.

    The 3D construction should be able to provide a more affordable way to build homes while lowering costs at least $10 per square foot compared to a traditionally built home using lumber.

  • 6.What design advantages are there with 3D printing?
    Beyond the stated cheaper, faster, better as discussed above, design advantages are endless, but most designers like the unconstrained ability to use arches and circles that are difficult and costly in traditional building.
  • 7.Is financing available for 3D printed structures?
    There are lenders in this space and entering this space as more 3D Printed Structures are completed.
  • 8.Can a home buyer get financing?
    Yes, there are lenders out there such as Karan Singh with Optimal Loans, and we will be working with other financial institutions as our offering further develop.