3D printing is one of the hottest technology trends in home building. Utopia editors have launched our 3D Printed Homes Project Tracker to help builders, architects, and other housing industry professionals stay on top of the latest project news and technology trends in the fledgling 3D printed homes market. We will update this newsfeed weekly with the latest projects, market news, research, and tech trends. - Utopia Editors
NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST 3D PRINTED 2-STORY BUILDING ERECTED BY NIDUS 3D IN ONTARIO, CANADA
(COBOD, Mynewsdesk) - September 14, 2022
"While the US and Canada have seen several 3D printed buildings in recent years, until now all of these have been single-story buildings. Now Canadian 3D construction printing company, nidus3D, is proving, that there is much more to 3D construction printing, than just smaller one-story houses. The completion of the printing of this 2-story building in Ontario, marks the building as the first multi-story 3D printed building in North America." Read the full article.
CEMEX Invests in COBOD’s Revolutionary 3D Printing Tech
(COBOD, Mynewsdesk) - July 25, 2022
"Monterrey, Mexico. JULY XX, 2022 – CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) announced today that CEMEX Ventures, its corporate venture capital and open innovation unit, is investing in COBOD, a global leader in construction-grade 3D printers. This investment is part of CEMEX´s strategy to deliver a superior customer experience enabled by digital technologies." Read the full article.
First 3D Habitat home in the country wins award; another home planned on the Peninsula later this year
(Wilford Kale, Virginia Gazette) - June 24, 2022
"JAMES CITY — The 3D-printed home project of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg has received the Innovation Project of the Year Award from the Home Builders Association of Virginia. Janet V. Green, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, expressed gratefulness for the recognition for the James City County project, which she said 'adds another tool enabling us to make Habitat homes more affordable to build'." Read the full article.
GE Renewable Energy announces minority investment in COBOD International
(COBOD International) - May 5, 2022
"BGE Renewable Energy today announced a minority investment in COBOD International, the company providing the 3D printer used at the Bergen research facility. Officials from both companies said the investment will build on an existing relationship with COBOD International, a leading player in 3D construction printing solutions, first undertaken in 2019. COBOD is experiencing double digit growth and the global market leader within 3D construction printing with more than 50 3D construction printers sold world-wide. Financial details on the investment were not disclosed." Read the full article.
Black Buffalo 3D and MAPEI Announce Complete 3D Construction Printing Solution with Launch of Planitop(R) 3D Construction Ink
(Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, PR Newswire) - May 4, 2022
"Black Buffalo 3D Corporation—a leading provider of large-scale 3D construction printers—and MAPEI Corporation—a leading construction materials provider for the building industry—have announced a strategic research, development, and manufacturing partnership for the 3D construction printing industry. Their first collaboration—Planitop 3D—is made to work with NEXCON 3D Construction printers for better performance at a fraction of the cost of existing building materials. The combination of equipment and materials will be utilized in the recently announced 200 home community being printed by Alquist 3D in Pulaski, VA." Read the full article.
Apis Cor and VPG Enterprise Announce Partnership to Design, Develop and 3D Print Affordable Homes in New Orleans
(Apis Cor, Globe Newswire) - April 18, 2022
"Apis Cor, the company that prints buildings, and VPG Enterprise, a leading developer of affordable and workforce housing, today announced their partnership to 3D-print homes in the greater New Orleans area. As partners, Apis Cor and VPG are designing 3D-printable houses that can be reproduced quickly and at affordable prices. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023." Read the full article.
DOD Building Largest 3D-Printed Structures in Western Hemisphere
(David Vergun, DOD News) - April 5, 2022
"The Defense Department, in partnership with the private sector, is building three transient training barracks using advanced 3D printing technology. The project, which is being spearheaded by the Defense Innovation Unit, is expected to be completed within 10 months. At more than 5,700 square feet each, these barracks will each be the largest 3D-printed structures in the Americas." Read the full article.
New tool for contractors and real estate developers: COBOD releases the world's first 3D construction printer configurator
(Philip Knudsen, COBOD) - March 14, 2022
"More and more 3D printed buildings are showing up all over the world. With the world's first configurator for 3D construction printers, made by COBOD International, contractors and developers can now estimate the time to 3D print a specific building and calculate the amount of concrete materials needed. For instance, the configurator shows layer by layer how the printer can build a 170 m2 (1.900 square feet) villa in just 26 hours." Read the full press release.
Alquist uses 3D-printing technology to build homes with Habitat For Humanity
(Novid Parsi, Utopia) - January 17, 2022
"A few days before Christmas, April Stringfield and her son received the keys to a new 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Williamsburg, Va. But the property wasn’t just another new build. Alquist, an Iowa-based 3D-printing construction company, used a COBOD 3D printer to create the concrete walls of the 1,200-square-foot home." Read the full article.
BIG, Lennar, and ICON are building the world's largest neighborhood of 3D-printed homes
(Dima Stouhi, Arch Daily) - October 27, 2021
"Homebuilding company Lennar and construction technologies company ICON are collaborating with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to build the largest community of 3D-printed homes to date. The 100-home neighborhood in Austin is expected to break ground in 2022 and will combine ICON’s innovative robotics, software, and advanced materials with BIG's designs." Read the full article.
Construction startup Tvasta raises funding to build 3D printed homes
(Prabhjeet Bhatla, Entrepreneur) - October 21, 2021
"Habitat for Humanity International through its Shelter Venture Fund recently invested INR 30 million ($411,000) in Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. to increase the production of affordable 3D printed homes in India. Hestia Partners and Capnetic Investments joined Habitat in investing in the construction technology startup." Read the full article.
Are you ready for a 3D-printed house? They’re cheaper, stronger and long-lasting, developers say
(David Lyons, McClatchy-Tribune) - October 16, 2021
"The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a corduroy-patterned exterior, rounded corners — and a cement pour that oozed from an industrial-sized toothpaste tube. And, most intriguing of all, it comes from a 3D printer. When the house in Tallahassee, Fla., is finished next month, Kyndra and James Light, a husband-wife development team, will be asking $175,000 to $225,000 for the 1,440-square-foot dwelling." Read the full article.
University of Windsor and Habitat for Humanity to build 3D printed homes
(Trevor Wilhelm, Windsor Star) - October 15, 2021
"The University of Windsor and Habitat for Humanity are hoping to end the housing crisis with a printer. The two organizations unveiled plans Friday to build the first 3D-printed homes for residential use in Canada, with a machine that looks more like a manufacturing robot than the printer many people might be picturing." Read the full article.
3D printing offers outstanding sustainability benefits, while also avoiding supply chain issues
(Jennifer Castenson, Forbes) - October 12, 2021
"Several startups are positioning 3D printing as the next, most-attractive sustainable, efficient and affordable option for home construction. The innovation is improving at warp speed, gathering the attention of some of the largest home builders in the country. Recently, California-based 3D printing construction company Mighty Buildings announced a partnership with Fortera, a materials technology company that produces an innovative cement that reduces CO2 emissions by more than 60% compared to traditional cement." Read the full article.
Construction Begins On Cybe’s First 3d Printed Homes In The Caribbean
(Paul Hanaphy, 3D Printing Industry) - October 11, 2021
"Dutch building firm CyBe Construction has begun working with concrete specialist Betonindustrie Brievengat (BIB) to build its first 3D printed homes in the Caribbean. Currently under construction on the island of Curaçao, the deluxe houses are set to be luxuriously-appointed, with open office spaces, as well as an integrated patio and villa. By building them under the ‘Lyve by CyBe’ label, the companies aim to demonstrate 3D printing’s design freedom, cost and lead time benefits, plus its potential as a means of addressing the world’s rising housing shortages." Read the full article.
Layer by layer, 3D-printed housing community rises in Mexico
(The Real Deal) - October 3, 2021
"Using massive 3D printers, a construction startup is building a housing community in southeast Mexico, one that could help prove the technology’s viability to create sturdy housing for people living in poverty. Icon, a 3D printing specialist, has already completed 10 homes at the community outside Nacajuca in Tabasco, with its on-site Vulcan II printer, according to the New York Times." Read the full article.
Laticrete develops cementitious 3D printing mortars
(Laticrete) - October 1, 2021
"The R&D team at LATICRETE has developed several cementitious 3D printing mortars that will fuel the future of 3D construction around the world. Our 3D printing mortars provide solutions for the professional 3D construction industry that includes homes, schools, healthcare facilities, commercial buildings and modular formwork. We are proud to be part of this innovative, problem-solving, leading-edge industry and its market development." Read the full article.
Building the future of Iowa's affordable housing with a 3D printer
(Jason Clayworth, Axios) - September 29, 2021
"Homes built with a 3D printer could alleviate Iowa's affordable housing gaps and help rejuvenate rural areas, Zach Mannheimer of 3D housing company Alquist told Axios." Read the full article.
How an 11-Foot-Tall 3-D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
(Debra Kamin, The New York Times) - September 28, 2021
"A manufacturing process that builds objects layer by layer from a digital file, 3-D printing is set for explosive growth. After a pandemic-related boom from printing objects like test swabs, protective gear and respirator parts, the 3-D printing market is forecast to be worth $55.8 billion by 2027, according to Smithers, a technology consulting firm." Read the full article.
Are you ready for a 3D-printed house? They’re cheaper, stronger and long-lasting, developers say
(David Lyons, South Florida Sun Sentinel, per The Seattle Times) - September 26, 2021
"The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a corduroy-patterned exterior, rounded corners — and a cement pour that oozed from an industrial-sized toothpaste tube. And most intriguing of all, it comes from a 3D printer. When the house is finished around November, Kyndra and James Light, a husband-wife development team, will be asking between $175,000 and $225,000 for the 1,440-square-foot dwelling." Read the full article.
MASK Architects unveils design for steel 3D-printed modular houses
(MASK Architects) - September 16, 2021
MASK Architects has designed what its calling the "world's first steel 3D printed structure of modular houses" for Nivola Museum’s visitors, tourists and artists in Sardinia, Italy. Read the full article.
Could 3D-printed homes solve Canada's housing supply problem?
(Clayton Jarvis, Winsor Star) - September 14, 2021
"The horror story that is Canada’s housing market features two protagonists: historically low mortgage rates and a painfully inadequate supply of homes for sale. The first could gradually mitigate. The second will be invading homebuyers’ nightmares for years to come." Read the full article.
Canada's first 3D printed housing community to be built as part of 'Marco Polo 100' challenge
(Paul Hanaphy, 3D Printing Industry) - September 7, 2021
"Renewable energy and real estate firm Horizon Legacy Group has unveiled plans to build Canada’s 'first and largest 3D printed neighborhood.' As part of its ‘Marco Polo 100’ challenge, the company is offering $10 million to fund the R&D of any advanced technologies or building approaches, capable of erecting housing at a cost of just $100/sq ft." Read the full article.
3Strands brings more 3D-printed homes by ICON to Austin Market
(ICON) - August 31, 2021
"This multi-home mainstream housing development in East Austin leverages ICON’s proprietary 3D printing technology to construct safer, more resilient homes to meet the current demand in one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S." Read the full article.
America’s biggest 3D printed building is this new military barracks in Texas
(Vanessa Bates Ramirez, SingularityHub) - August 30, 2021
"3D printing is picking up speed as a construction technology, with 3D printed houses, schools, apartment buildings, and even Martian habitat concepts all being unveiled in the last year (not to mention Airbnbs and entire luxury communities). Now another type of structure is being added to this list: military barracks." Read the full article.
ICON secures more than $200 million in Series B funding led by Norwest Venture Partners to support rapid growth and demand for 3D-printed construction
(ICON) - August 24, 2021
"ICON, developer of advanced construction technologies including robotics, software and building materials, today announced it has completed a $207 million series B round of financing led by Norwest Venture Partners. ICON also welcomes Jeff Crowe, Managing Partner at Norwest Venture Partners, a leading multi-stage investment firm, to its Board of Directors. From world-renowned architects to the country’s largest homebuilders, ICON’s line-up of series B investors also includes 8VC, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, BOND, Citi, Crosstimbers, Ensemble, Fifth Wall, LENx, Moderne Ventures and Oakhouse Partners. The investment brings ICON’s total funding since launching its revolutionary technology to $266 million." Read the full article.
The rise of 3D-printed houses
(The Economist) - August 21, 2021
"A batch of new houses across California is selling unusually fast. In the past two months, 82 have been snapped up, and the waiting list is 1,000 long. That demand should, though, soon be satisfied—for, while it can take weeks to put up a conventional bricks-and-mortar dwelling, Palari Homes and Mighty Buildings, the collaborators behind these houses, are able to erect one in less than 24 hours." Read the full article (registration required).
75% of millennials would consider 3D-printed homes
(Sam Steers, Construction Global) - August 20, 2021
"As 3D-printed home technology becomes more mainstream with a 3D house being built in half the time for half the cost, a new survey from Realtor.com has found that 75% of millennials would consider living in a 3D printed home. It also revealed that 66% of all consumers asked would think about the prospect of a printed house, whilst 30% of all respondents and 43% of millennials think that 3D printed homes will replace traditional methods of homebuilding." Read the full article.
How much does a 3D printed house cost in 2021?
(Leo Gregurić, ALL3DP) - August 6, 2021
"Every new innovation comes to the market with a price that tends to go down over time. Large concrete 3D printers are no exception. Just as with most technologies, the prices are dropping as new, better, and more affordable products are being developed. Further helping prices to lower are new, innovative concrete mixes." Read the full article.
The 3D-printed home option
(Catherine Mesick, Realtor Magazine) - August 1, 2021
"With home prices rising and housing inventory tight, home buyers are craving a wider variety of options in a competitive market. While construction has picked up, labor shortages and the rising cost of lumber remain challenges. The U.S. is nearly 5 million homes short of meeting market demand. A new crop of companies say they have a solution: 3D printing technology. And their work could transform the way we build houses on a broader scale." Read the full article.
A new way to build houses: Florida's first 3D printed house is being built in Tallahassee
(Christopher Cann, Tallahassee Democrat) - July 19, 2021
"A new way to build houses has come to Tallahassee: Florida's first 3D printed house began construction in the Griffin Heights neighborhood Thursday morning." Read the full article.
Continuous fiber-reinforced, 3D printed houses on the horizon
(Hannah Mason, CompositesWorld) - July 6, 2021
"3D-printed modular building manufacturer Mighty Buildings moves toward certification of higher-strength, more sustainable glass fiber-reinforced housing panels." Read the full article.
East Bay startup aims to solve housing crunch with 3-D printing technology
(Susie Steimle, KPIX 5) - June 24, 2021
"While many blame tech companies for playing a role in causing the housing affordability crisis, an Oakland-based startup is hoping to be the solution. Mighty Buildings just raised $40 million in its Series B funding round and has created seven 3D-printed ADUs or accessory dwelling units, that are out in the community already." Read the full article.
Habitat for Humanity builds its first 3D-printed home in nation
(Habitat for Humanity) - June 09, 2021
"Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (Habitat) is building its first 3D-printed home in Tempe, seeking to transform affordable housing opportunities. The custom, single-story home, currently under construction on a lot owned by the City of Tempe, combines 3D printing and traditional construction to create an innovative model for the future: a scalable, cost-effective homeownership solution to address the affordable housing crisis facing communities nationwide." Read the full article.
ICON unveils its next-gen 3D printer and introduces “House Zero” designed by Lake|Flato Architects
(ICON) - May 24, 2021
"ICON unveiled its next generation Vulcan construction system and debuted its new Exploration Series of homes to cooperatively develop new design languages and architectural vernaculars with world-class architects based on the opportunities created by construction scale 3D printing. ICON’s first home in the series, “House Zero,” is designed by the award-winning firm, Lake|Flato Architects and features an elevated architectural and energy efficient design that highlights the benefits of resiliency and sustainability only found in homebuilding through 3D printing." Read the full article.
Dutch couple become Europe’s first inhabitants of a 3D-printed house
(Daniel Boffey, The Guardian) - April 30, 2021
"A Dutch couple have become Europe’s first tenants of a fully 3D printed house in a development that its backers believe will open up a world of choice in the shape and style of the homes of the future." Read the full article.
Will 3D printed house bring more affordable homes to Virginia?
(Alison Rice, Utopia) - April 2, 2021
"As Virginia Tech professors Andrew McCoy and Philip Agee develop their plans to build a 3D printed house in Virginia, they are managing countless details, from local building codes to technical requirements for ready-mix concrete. But they are also keeping the big picture in mind as they experiment with this revolutionary home building technology. 'The builder is the key vote,' says McCoy, director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research and a professor of building construction at Virginia Tech, a 37,000-student public university in Blacksburg, Va. 'Whether the builder endorses it or vetoes it, it is the key vote.' Read the full article.
3Strands announces country’s first 3D-printed homes for sale
(ICON) - March 4, 2021
"The Kansas City developer, 3Strands, today announced that the next evolution of homebuilding has launched with the company’s first multi-home project: America’s first 3D printed homes for sale. Partnering with Austin-based construction technology company, ICON, the 3Strands mainstream housing development leverages ICON’s proprietary 3D printing construction technology, software and advanced materials to deliver the two to four bedroom homes located in Austin, TX, one of the fastest-growing cities in America." Read the full article.
You can now buy a 3D-printed home – here’s a look inside
(Diana Olick, CNBC) - February 25, 2021
"A New York homebuilder has put a 3D-printed home on the market for the first time in the United States, and he is getting a lot of offers. The new home will be 1,500 square feet, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage. It is listed at just under $299,000. That’s about half the price of a comparable newly built home in the area." Read the full article.
PERI Group uses COBOD printer to build world's first on-site 3D printed apartment building
(Hayley Everett, 3D Printing Industry) - November 18, 2020
"Germany-based construction company PERI Group has announced the beginning of a project which will see the construction of a three-floor printed commercial apartment building on-site in Wallenhausen, Germany. Deemed a global ‘world first’ by the firm, the apartment will be printed using Danish manufacturing firm COBOD’s 3D printing technology, and when finished will consist of five rentable apartments." Read the full article.
COBOD’s 3D construction printer used to make the first 3D printed building in Germany
(COBOD) - October 1, 2020
"The two-story building in Germany follows only a few months after that COBOD’s Belgium customer, Kamp C, revealed Europe’s first 3D printed two story building in Europe. The video (seen here) from the 3D printing of the building in Belgium has gone viral and has been seen more than 400.000 times as a testament to the growing popularity of the technology." Read the full article.
COBOD and PERI 3D print 3.5 houses in 4 days at Bautec exhibition
(Tess Boissonneault, 3D Printing Media Network) - February 24, 2020
"Last week, at the International Bautec construction exhibition in Berlin, visitors were given the unique opportunity to see a house being 3D printed each day. Danish construction 3D printing company COBOD and its partner PERI Group undertook the ambitious project to demonstrate how the BOD2 construction 3D printer is capable of printing a house in less than 24 hours. Over the course of four days, COBOD and PERI successfully 3D printed 3.5 houses, spanning 64-meters-square each. The fourth house was not completed on the fourth day because the partners undertook 3D printing two logos for Bautec. In total, COBOD says it 3D printed the equivalent of 8 meters square per hour." Read the full article.
24 hour 3D printed housing: This has to stop
(Kerry Stevenson, Fabbaloo) - December 16, 2019
"I’m not happy, and it’s because of ongoing sensationalist coverage of construction 3D printing. I and others have written about this countless times but I’m going to do so yet again. This time there are a bevy of stories touting a series of homes, apparently all '3D Printed in 24 Hours!' And all of this must be false." Read the full article.
Truth in 3D printed construction? “Nobody 3D printed an entire building”
(Joris Peels, 3Dprint.com) - December 4, 2019
"At 3DPrint.com, we’ve always been very skeptical about the goings-on in 3D printed construction. A lot of houses have been 3D printed in 24 hours, each time while conveniently forgetting to invite the media. We’ve seen images that clearly tell us that a building wasn’t printed in 24 hours and we’ve seen a lot of claims that simply do not stand up to scrutiny. We’ve also therefore been very careful about what we publish on 3D printed construction, sadly other news sources have not been." Read the full article.