Solar economyThe US construction company has received approval to build its first additively manufactured house from 3D-printed geopolymers in Lago Vista, Texas.
Larry Haines, founder of Sunconomy, stated, “We will be able to build the structure for a single family home in a day with virtually no waste. We are built super strong and offer very low running costs. That is sustainable! “
Sunconomy’s Plan A blueprint for a 3D printed house. Image via Sunconomy.
Sustainable, 3D printed houses
Sunconomy plans to manufacture 3D-printed concrete houses under the name “Genesis Model” using its own additive manufacturing system. These homes will include three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a detached garage, solar, wind, battery backup and a rainwater catchment area at an estimated cost of $ 289,000.
According to Sunconomy, the Genesis model houses will “last centuries, not decades”. [and] This includes IoT and technology functions that are integrated for the practical application of devices and services. “In addition, the homes can withstand winds up to 220 MPH from an EF 5 tornado as well as earthquakes above 8.0.
These homes also offer Net Zero renewable energy options to reduce or eliminate energy bills. This sustainability is also integrated by SYMBOL, a Texas-based construction technology company that recently raised $ 9 million to reinvent building affordable homes with the use of “3D printers, robotics and advanced materials”.
The 3D printed Genesis model home. Image via Sunconomy.
The Apis Cor 3D construction printer
In 2016 Sunconomy signed an agreement with the Russian 3D printer manufacturer Apis Cor to bring the “first real 3D printer for affordable living space” to the USA. With the aim of creating fully autonomous devices that can print buildings “on earth and beyond”, Apis Cor has developed its large-scale 3D robotic printer for building large concrete structures.
The following year, Apis Cor successfully 3D printed a full-fledged house in the Russian city of Stupino in just 24 hours. In order to adapt to the country’s weather conditions, the team used loose dry insulation material on one part of the house and polyurethane filler composition on the other, which is due to the 3D printing technology.
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The picture shown shows the 3D printed Genesis Model Home. Image via Sunconomy.