Recently, a giant 3D printer built two houses in rural Mexico, and plans to build another 48 houses later, which may become the world's first large 3D printing community.
The houses were reportedly built in a flood-prone earthquake zone in the state of Tabasco, Mexico, so building homes that can withstand earthquakes and stay dry during heavy rain is a key consideration.
It is reported that the two houses were built using a 3D printer called "Vulcan II". The printer is 33 feet long and can pass through a concrete mixture that will harden after drying and can build a wall at a time.
It can build two 500-square-foot (46-square-meter) homes simultaneously in 24 hours, which is twice as fast as normal construction. At the same time, concrete mixtures are stronger than traditional concrete and can better withstand seismic activity.
It is reported that the non-profit organization "New Story" has jointly built the two houses with a construction technology company.
Brett Hagler, CEO and co-founder of New Story, said, "These families have very low incomes ... they live on about $ 3 a day on average."
Currently, there is no listed price for the house, but "New Story" said that they are discussing with local families, allowing them to pay 20% to 30% of their income to buy the house.
Since its establishment in 2014, "New Story" has built more than 2,700 homes in South America and Mexico. This is the first house construction project completed through 3D printing. They hope that by the end of 2020, 50 3D printed houses will be built to replace the houses built by residents with wood, metal and other materials.