3D printed residential house in the US
By Andy Brown22 June 2021
One of the first 3D printed residential buildings in the US has recently been completed by Peri. According to the company, it is one of the first 3D-printed housing projects in the US that has fully and successfully passed all regulatory approval processes.
The total printing time for the single-storey detached house with approximately 160m² of living space is two weeks. According to current plans, the house will be ready for occupancy in August/September 2021.
Pei’s client and partner in this project is the regional organisation of Habitat for Humanity in Arizona, a global non-profit organisation that uses donations, sponsors, and volunteers to create housing for people in need through regional organisations around the world.
“With this printing project in the US, Peri is taking the next step in the market development of 3D printing technology”, said Thomas Imbacher, board member for innovation and marketing at the Peri Group.
“As a pioneer of this new type of construction, Peri has printed the first houses in Germany. We are delighted to be delivering this first project in one of the largest housing markets in the world with a partner like Habitat for Humanity.”
The use of 3D printing for residential homes could help solve a housing crisis that is being experienced by many countries around the world.
Peri is using the COBOD BOD2 gantry printer from the Danish manufacturer COBOD for the project - the company acquired a stake in COBOD back in 2018.
The system has a print head that moves about three axes on a securely installed metallic frame. This means the printer can move along its frame to any position within the construction and only needs to be calibrated once, saving time and costs.
The BOD2 has been certified in such a way that it is possible to carry out work within the printing area while printing is in progress. This means that manual work, such as the installation of empty pipes and connections, can be integrated into the printing process.
Two operators are required to run the printer. The print head and the print results are monitored by a camera. With a speed of 1m per second, the BOD2 is said to be the fastest 3D construction printer available on the market.