3D printers are the future and these brand new prefabricated and 3D printed houses are proof of that. They take the best of both worlds and add the incredible use of discarded plastic and it seems that this company has come up with a really brilliant idea!
Founded in Culver City, the startup, called Azure, uses recycled plastic water and drinking bottles to build homes that are 90% complete when they leave the factory.
By combining the manufacturing speed of 3D printing with the assembly speed and modular possibilities of prefabrication, the houses from Azure could be a major game changer when it comes to true sustainability in the housing industry.
According to the startup, they can build a house 70% faster and 30% cheaper than “traditional house building methods” because they 3D print the floor, roof and walls of its model units in their factory.
Arriving at the construction site, the prefabricated panels only have to be connected to each other and to the foundation. After that, all they have to do is hook up the utilities.
It was in April when Azure unveiled what it called “the world’s first 3D printed building using recycled plastic materials.” Marketed as a small addition to the home, it was intended to be either a gym or an outdoor office, which was priced at $25,000. Meanwhile, the larger “accessory dwelling unit” (ADU), or what’s primarily a one-bed, one-bath unit costs $40,000.
Having left Azure’s Culver City factory due to the rush of pre-orders that have been received for the ADU, they are currently secured for 3 months while the company awaits the rest of the equipment they need to get up and running with them to start mass production of these houses.
Currently, the company has a number of partners who supply it with recycled plastic waste from industry, but the hope is to shift to more plastic waste generated by consumers.
Azure hopes that by December, in partnership with an LA real estate company, they will already have 14 of their prefab homes arranged in a community. By 2024 they will then be able to make larger ADUs.
Once the concept is established and secure, and revenues are stable, Azure also wants to focus its technology on helping the state of California better deal with its homeless epidemic.
Azure co-founder Ross Maguire told Business Insider: “3D printing is a more efficient way of building and should only get better as we advance the processes, technologies and materials. I can only see it coming more and more to the fore [construction] how we are progressing.”
See more of their process in the video below.
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