Apis Cor, a Russian 3D printing construction company, and Sunconomy, a U.S. construction company, have received permits to build their first 3D printed geopolymer additively manufactured house in Lago Vista, Texas.
Larry Haines, the founder of Sunconomy, stated, “We will be able to build the structure for a single family house in a day with virtually no waste, and built super strong and providing very low utility costs. Now that’s Sustainable!”
The Apis Cor construction 3D printer
In 2016, Sunconomy signed an agreement with Apis Cor in Moscow, Russia to bring the “first true 3D printer for affordable housing” to the USA. With an aim to create fully autonomous equipment capable of printing buildings “on Earth and beyond,” Apis Cor has developed its large-scale robotic 3D printer to construct large concrete structures.
The following year, the company successfully 3D printed a full-scale house in just 24 hours in the Russian town of Stupino. To adapt to the country’s weather conditions, the team used loose dry insulating material on one part of the house, and polyurethane filler composition on the other,” as a result of their 3D printing technology.
Furthermore, the Apis Cor 3D printing concrete system consumes eight kilowatts of energy while constructing. The printer also maintains a maximum operation area of 132 m² and can be set up in approximately thirty minutes.
Sustainable, 3D printed homes
Together, Apis Cor and Sunconomy will manufacture 3D printed concrete homes under the name the “Genesis model”. These homes will include three bedrooms, and two bathrooms with a detached garage, solar, wind, battery backup, and a rainwater catchment system, at an estimated cost of $289,000.
According to Sunconomy, the Genesis model homes will, “last for centuries, not decades, [and] include IoT and technology features integrated for practical application of devices and services.” In addition, the homes will be able to withstand up to 220 MPH winds from an EF 5 tornado, as well as 8.0+ earthquakes.
These homes will also offer renewable energy options for Net Zero reducing or eliminating energy bills. Such sustainability will also be integrated by ICON, a Texas-based construction technologies company, who recently raised $9 million to reinvent the construction of affordable homes with the use of “3D printers, robotics, and advanced materials.”
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Featured image shows the 3D printed Genesis Model home. Image via Sunconomy.