While some who look to go off grid or join the tiny house movement are looking to live simpler lives, some even reducing the amount of technology in their lives, it is cutting edge technology that could make owning a tiny off grid home or cabin affordable for a lot more people. The increasing capabilities of 3D printing have been applied to home and building construction for a few years now, but recently a company was able to print a 400 square foot home in about a day. Not only that, but they were able to do it at a cost of right around $10,000, which is a fraction of the cost of many other custom built tiny homes. With other options often coming closer to the cost of full size homes (at least in some areas of the country), this could be a more viable solution to those who are on a much tighter budget and don’t have close to six figures to spend on a home. With the money you save on the actual construction, you can invest in taking your new house completely off grid with solar, wind, hydro, or a combination of renewable power sources.
Apis Cor, the company who spearheaded this project and who developed the 3D printing technology used, designed and constructed this sample home in small town just outside of Moscow. The house was built this past December, showing that the machine will work even in pretty extreme cold, although a tent had to be constructed around the structure in order to keep the concrete warm enough to cure in the cold of a Russian winter. Newer materials such as geopolymers, will allow construction without the need of a tent even during winter in most locations in the future. Apis Cor has locations in Russia and the U.S. (San Francisco) and they can build homes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including the traditional square form that most of us are accustomed to (and which most furniture and appliances are designed for).
With the low cost and fast construction, 3D printing promises to revolutionize the construction industry in the future. For more information about this specific project and information on Apis Cor, including prices and training of their 3D construction grade printers, check out their website here.