Your Next Home May Be Constructed With A 3D Printer

By: Zach Walton - July 20, 2012

I’m a believer. 3D printing is going to change everything from how we create to how we consume. Once they become more affordable, you’re going to see people printing everything from new toys to new livers. Of course, 3D printers have so far only been seen creating small-scale projects, but what about large-scale projects like housing? It can do that too.

The first technology to emerge on the scene was a technology called Contour Crafting. It was invented by Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. His system is essentially a giant 3D printer can construct a home in less than 24 hours. This isn’t just laying the foundations and building walls either. Contour Crafting would be able to lay down the plumbing as well.

Here’s a video of Khoshnevis talking about Contour Crafting and how it can aid in construction of cheap, yet sturdy, housing in poor nations and low-income neighborhoods.

Another school in the UK has also come up with their own take on cheap construction – 3D Concrete Printing. It’s similar to Contour Printing except that it’s main purpose is to print the concrete in unique designs to complement the construction of a building. It still promises to make construction easier, cheaper and safer.

Like most 3D printing projects, this technology is still primarily in the realm of scientists and researchers. The exciting part is that this technology is getting cheaper and cheaper all the time. It’s only a matter of time before people will begin downloading the design to a house and then printing it off themselves. I, for one, can’t wait until we start downloading houses.

Zach Walton

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  • Josh

    There is also Enrico Dini’s DShape.

  • Surminga

    Amazing, but will it be cheaper than employing builders and sourcing all the different materials. Will it work with several different materials such as bricks…

  • Alan

    Wonder if the process can hang doors or fit carpets? I have a feeling that builders are safe for at least a few decades.

    • Alan

      Just to add the possibility for creating such structures is there on the drawing end, but this will require a substantial increase in labour to design, to input and check all the services and structures. A colossal amount of work and complicated. Wonder how errors can be corrected on site, for there will be oversights, and what about clients changing their brief during construction?

  • techfortrade

    techfortrade, (a London-based charity) are trying to explore ways in which 3D printing can be used for social benefit, therefore we have launched the 3D4D Challenge, a competition for people with transformational ideas that could leverage 3D printing technologies to deliver real social benefits in the developing world, with the winner receiving $100,000 to help implement their idea.

    I would love to start a discussion on ways in which 3d printing could help to relieve poverty in developing countries.

    Also, if you are interested in applying for the competition, you can enter here or contact me at

  • Cartridge James

    Well, a while back I saw a news article on a basic hut style housing, which could be used as housing for lower income families. I am fairly positive that the technology for industrial scale 3D printing can only get better!