What if you could build a home in less than 24 hours - for just over the equivalent of $10,000? This is what (Californian-based startup) Apis Cor are offering, as part of a major breakthrough in construction. Until now, 3D printers have been used in the development of all sorts of building materials, which are in turn are utilised by contractors to construct a house or building. In December 2016, Apis Cor 3D-printed the world's first complete dwelling, including foundation, roof, inner and outer finishings, wall insulation, windows, floors and a suspended ceiling. At 38 square metres, the house is a complete dwelling including a hall, bathroom, living room and kitchen. It is fully insulated and fixtures are not required.
All of this was made possible through the development of a unique mobile construction printer, specially created to construct end-to-end buildings projects. Commissioning the printer on site takes only 1 hour and in this case, it took just under 24 hours to complete the house. There is no requirement for human workload, it simply runs until complete. This massively reduces the overall project costs. Having undertaken the project in Russia, the 3D printed has shown that it can operate in very cold conditions and depending on materials, houses can be created any time of year.
Apis Cor is looking at the potential for developing countries where construction can be cost prohibitive. Their mission is to improve living conditions across the globe.
Watch the time-lapse video by clicking the link below (skip first minute to get straight to the detail): Video Link
Read their company presentation, including construction industry comparison tables here: Presentation Link