This 3D Printer Can Build 10 Houses A Day For $5,000 Each

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For $5,000 and ten hours you can now buy a 3D printed house.

“The days of lengthy, inefficient, and costly construction projects could be coming to an end. Private inventor Ma Yihe designed a 3D printer that built ten houses in a single day! The china based company building and research center are all constructed of 3D printed walls. The building walls are energy efficient and made of recycled construction waste and mortar. The roofs still have to be applied by hand because the printers aren’t yet versatile enough to manage the complete task.” said


“Not only is the printer environmentally ideal but it potentially has the ability to produce sound low cost housing for poverty stricken communities. In all the houses are produced for around $5,000; the company intends to produce them as a method for modernizing poor housing conditions in Chinese villages. Even though this technology will continue to be improved upon, 3D printed housing is the kind of innovative thinking and technology that will fuel the advancement of mankind while preserving the environment.” said


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  • Michael Fournier

    It is hardly a finished house when the 3D printer is done it has none of the modern systems that make a modern home it is a shell. I could build a shell with the same Sq. footage cheaper then that $5000 as I am sure that only includes the material costs not the cost of the printer itself even amortized over the cost of the number of shells it can create before it must be maintained. Or the labor to set it up and take it down. Prepare the ground and foundation. THEN you have to add a roof functioning windows and doors, and then run Electrical systems, HVAC, Water supplies and drains. IT is hardly a House for $5000 each sorry. Great Idea to create housing components but not a practical building method (at least not yet)

    • amyskene

      Agreed Michael. The shell is usually the least of the housing cost – it’s everything that makes it livable that increases the costs, many of which are more or less fixed. While the idea is interesting I’m tired of deceiving headlines like this. Once you add plumbing, electricity, a kitchen, a roof, etc, the cost will be substantially higher.

      • Kevin Kabatra

        This is designed to replace poverty stricken villages in China. Are you sure that they have access to a central plumbing system, or even electricity? You can’t knock an idea unless you fully understand it. And if it isn’t a great idea, lets design a new one. That is more productive than bashing the original idea.

        • Eric Vought

          Exactly. For building shelters in areas with no infrastructure, the lack of fixtures is not a problem. But, I think @amyskene:disqus is also overestimating the effort of adding the fixtures. I have seen speculation before on the possibilities with being able to work channels into the CAD design for extremely easy and possibly even *automated* addition of that infrastructure (context was construction of orbital facilities with a minimal of manned intervention). PEX makes that particularly easy for plumbing, but I would not completely rule out the possibility that plumbing could even be extruded in a single pass along with the main structure. Just adding the channel with snap-over covers would be easier to maintain later, however. Similarly, circuitry and even potentially lighting, WiFi hot-points and so forth can be 3-D printed as well, although it may need a separate machine to run along behind the main extruder with the appropriate metallic substrate.

        • amyskene

          I’m not bashing the idea, but rather the number of stories (the writers and editors) that tout inexpensive housing yet fail to account for the real costs of a livable habitat.

    • Sophia Keenesburg

      “learn more here ” would that have helped?
      And why always so negative about new idea’s?

  • Gary McNeish

    Nice try. The walls are unfinished and of poor quality. How are the buildings transported? Or do they move the printer/s? I have a low cost building method that uses a free material. When erected by two people the walls are finished no need for render or plaster. Inside or out.

  • Sisboombah

    If it takes 10 hours to print a house, there’s no way it can build 10 houses a day. Somebody failed grade school arithmetic, children.

    • Larthan Delaponte

      Perhaps there’s down time between layers (can’t just extrude all at once). I can imagine that there’s enough time to do five other layers on different houses before moving back to the first and extruding a new layer. So, it’d probably be able to do ten in a day, by doing five at a time throughout that ten hour period.

      Edit: Just realized your comment was from a year ago. Sorry about raising your comment from the dead there.

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