3D Printed House Can Be Built in 24 Hours for Only $10,000
05 September 2018
Russia is home to some of most incredible architecture in the world, from Middle Muscovite gems like Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow to the imposing and controversial structures colloquially known as “Stalin’s high-rises.” Excitingly, Russia could soon be home to a whole new style of architecture: 3D printed buildings.
Apis Cor, a Russian-formed startup with locations in the Russian cities of Moscow and Irkutsk, as well as San Francisco in California, is currently generating lots of excitement on the back of its unique 3D printing technology—technology that can purportedly churn out a building in just 24 hours.
In March 2017, Apis Cor, 3D-printing specialists with offices in Russia and San Francisco, announced they had produced a 3D-printed home in just 24 hours.
When you do it yourself, building a tiny house of about 400 square feet typically takes a couple of months, depending on the design, and tens of thousands of dollars in materials.
Housing prices in America have skyrocketed over the past 50 years, with the average price for a home now surpassing $200,000.
But there's more. Apis Cor says its 3D printing robot can construct buildings up to three storeys high—and at a slightly lower overall cost than other construction techniques can offer.
In terms of hard numbers, Apis Cor’s construction 3D printing technology is expected to make “low-rise cottage construction” 19 per cent cheaper than foam concrete houses—a saving that could be realized as soon as next year. With further development, cost reduction could eventually reach 20 to 30 per cent.
Due to overpopulation, there has been a mass housing shortage in various developing countries, and 3D Printing has become an answer to the prayers of countless refugees and street people across the world. With affordable homes that can be built in a very short duration of time, inventive possibilities of 3D Printing are limitless in the housing industry.
The company also believes these houses could be used to re-house those affected by natural disasters.
There are several companies working in the field of 3D printed construction, offering giant 3D printers capable of laying down foundations and walls faster than human hands can manage. One of the first to make a name for itself, though, was Apis Cor.
The Apis Cor 3D printer was introduced with the claim that it could 3D print entire houses in a single day – and, as it turns out, it can.
Apis Cor has been involved in some notable 3D printed construction projects, and last year the company got some good news as private equity fund Rusnano Sistema Sicar announced its intention to invest up to $6 million in the startup.
“3D printing has enormous potential for the construction industry, with a projected share of up to 30% of the global low-rise cottages market, which is valued at USD 68bn,” said Sergey Durgach, CEO of Sistema Consult, a company acting as an investment adviser to Rusnano Sistema Sicar. “Rusnano Sistema Sicar’s investment philosophy is to support established or emerging champions in the segment of industrial and high technologies. With its first and as yet unrivalled solution capable of successfully outperforming conventional technologies, Apis Cor has the potential to become a leader in the 3D construction industry and claim first-mover premium in this fast-growing market.”
Apis Cor’s 3D printing technology can be used to build houses up to three stories high, and is faster, cheaper and easier, as well as more environmentally friendly, than traditional technologies. The company has potential customers all around the world, including in Russia, Asia and the Middle East, which have state programs for the construction of social low-rise housing and infrastructure, as well as in the United States and Europe.
“We are pleased that Apis Cor has become our fund’s first investment,” said Sergey Vakhterov, Managing Director of RUSNANO. “The company is a pioneer in the 3D printing industry and its technology has no peers on the global stage. Apis Cor’s solution makes the construction process cheaper and drastically changes the entire industry. We are seeking to work with innovative companies that require not only financing, but also the experience and resources offered by investors such as RUSNANO and Sistema.”
|Written by: Julia Wright|