There are also homes that are prefabricated and dwellings that are built using 3D printers.
Combine the most beneficial aspects of the two technologies, come up with a novel application for the waste plastic, and you have a brilliant concept.
The Culver City-based firm Azure builds homes almost entirely out of recycled plastic water and drink bottles.
These homes are 90 percent finished by the time they leave the factory where they were manufactured.
Azure’s houses are a game changer for the housing industry in terms of the sustainability of their construction because they combine the rapid manufacturing speed of 3D printing with the rapid assembly speed and modular possibilities given by prefabrication.
By 3D printing the floor, roof, and walls of its models within its factory, the business claims it can create homes 70% faster and 30% cheaper than “conventional home construction methods.”
At this point, almost the only things that are left to accomplish at the construction site are to connect the prefab panels to one another, as well as to the foundation, and to connect the utilities.
In the month of April, Azure revealed what it claims is the first building in the world to be 3D-printed from recycled plastic components.
The smaller “accessory dwelling unit” (ADU) or what is essentially a one-bedroom one-bathroom comes in at $25,000, while the larger “accessory dwelling unit” (ADU) comes in at $40,000 total.
The small addition was meant to be marketed as a gym or outdoor office.
Because of the high volume of pre-orders for the ADU, Azure’s factory in Culver City is currently running three months behind schedule while the company waits for the remaining pieces of the necessary machinery to begin mass production of the houses.
The company has a number of partners who supply plastic trash recycled from industry at the moment, but it intends to shift more toward plastic garbage generated by consumers in the near future.
By the end of the year, Azure anticipates having 14 of their print-prefab houses installed in a community that was developed in collaboration with an LA real estate company.
By the year 2024, the company anticipates being able to produce larger ADUs.
They intend to use their technology to assist address the crisis of homelessness that is plaguing the state of California once they have successfully implemented the concept and have stabilized their cash stream.
According to Ross Maguire, co-founder of Matterform, “3D printing is a more efficient way of building and it should only get better as we develop the processes, technology, and materials further.”
Business Insider quotes Maguire as saying “3D printing is a more efficient way of building.”
As time goes on, “it can only be seen as growing more and more prominent in [building] as we move forward,” I can only envision.