3D printing is changing the future of the automotive, medical, and design industries—and now New York–based S-Squared 3D Printers Inc. (SQ3D) has printed an entire 500-square-foot house in less than a day. SQ3D can produce a single home in about 12 hours for less than $2,000 from start to finish—and the sustainably built prototype kicks off the company's foray into affordable housing.
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SQ3D’s patent-pending Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) runs multiple machines back and forth along giant metal scaffolding to build homes from scratch. The entire process runs autonomously, and it requires less man power than traditional construction, challenging conventional methods.
"We are in a new age of construction safety and cost efficiency with this revolutionary 3D printing machine," says the company, which spent years developing the technology.
This isn't the first of its kind—ICON and New Story unveiled a printed home in Austin, Texas, in March 2018—but SQ3D’s scaled-up version opens possibilities beyond just affordable housing. "The company’s executive committee looks forward to expanding the projects from 500 square feet to more than one-million-square-foot builds," they say.
Though it's not the most stylish looking—or even the most livable—home design, by simply proving they could print one, SQ3D can now run with the ball. They plan to create thousands of sustainable and affordable homes each year.