Apis Cor, a San Francisco-based leader firm in 3D printing has collaborated with Russian public developer PIK to print on-site house using its easily transportable 3D printer at Stupino town in Moscow region. The 3D printer took around 24-hours to print self-bearing walls, partitions and the basic structure of the one-storey house. Interestingly, it uses concrete mixture to complete the project in an economic budget of $10,000, so this 3D printed house is foreseen as a speedy and affordable alternative for housing in the future.
With the assistance of Samsung, TechnoNICOL Corporation, Bitex and Fabrika Okon in providing high-tech appliances, innovative insulation solutions, unique finishing materials and thermo-windows respectively; the 3D printed concrete house nicely defines the usefulness of the modern technology. This 38-square-meter house in Stupino saw the daylight in extreme winters, however, a tent covered the site to create optimal temperature for using the concrete mixture properly. The flat roof of the house is insulated with Logicroof polymer membranes that keep it durable so as to withstand heavy snow loads.
On the inside, it is similar to other homes and includes a hall, bathroom, living room and a compact functional kitchen to live comfortably. And as for its durability, you might have can see the ability of the 3D printed two-story villa that can withstand 8.0 earthquakes. It is not a sole 3D Printed architecture with such features, but you might also have heard of the Chinese company that claims to have printed ten houses in just one day using WinSun’s custom-built 3D printer.
So far, people imagine 3D printing an expensive measure, but this Russian house has reversed all assumptions. Using the Apis Cor mobile 3D printer, you have the option of printing walls and other components of the house at the location in one go. There are so many examples of the on-site construction of custom-designed buildings using 3D printing technologies and soon it might become a trend.