With the rise of 3D printing, this may be the future of home building.
The process is known as 3D printing, or additive manufacturing. It’s a type of technology that’s been around for years and is used to create prototypes and products in a variety of industries.
But now it’s being applied to building homes, too. In fact, it could be a game changer for affordable housing, according to experts at the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute.
“This is an exciting new area,” says James McKinney, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and one of the authors of “Additive Manufacturing in Housing.”
“It could be an important tool for providing affordable housing.”
Cost to build 3d printed house
The cost of building a 3D printed house varies depending on the size and location of the home. For example, a small 400-square-foot home in New York might cost $10,000 to print compared to a larger 4,000-square-foot home in Texas that could cost $100,000.
The most expensive part of printing a home is paying for the technology and equipment needed to create it. But once you have those costs covered, there are no additional maintenance costs or utilities required to make it work.
As technology gets better and cheaper over time, this will become more affordable for homeowners as well as builders who want to start offering these homes as an option for new construction projects.