Have an extra $6,000 and eight days? In theory, you could 3D print your own home. Of course it’s not actually that simple, but SQ4D, a 3D printer manufacturing and service company, completed a full-sized, 3D-printed home for only $6,000 in materials and in a mere 48 hours of print time over eight days. SQ4D claims the 3D-printing technology can outperform traditional methods by 70 percent in both time and cost. The integration of 3D printing could revolutionize construction, as the technology can construct a home with as few as three people and eliminate up to 20 processes such as siding and framing. Although still rare to the industry, interest in 3D-printing technology is growing, and feats such as the one SQ4D achieved are becoming more commonplace.
Although many are seeking to claim various titles, the size of the structure is certainly grand, spanning 1900 square feet. Even more impressive is that construction of the 3D printed home reportedly took place over an eight-day period, with a total of 48 hours in print time. It was entirely printed and built onsite, while using less than $6000 in materials. The large 3D printed home was built using SQ4D’s patent-pending Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) technology, designed for construction 3D printing applications.
SQ3D, based out of Long Island, NY, is a 3D printer manufacturing and service company. In 2019, the company branched out to SQ4D, a firm focused on revolutionizing the housing and construction industries using 3D printing, specifically its ARCS technology.
SQ4D’s ARCS technology was initially unveiled in 2018. Capable of constructing homes, roads, bridges, and commercial buildings, the specialized ARCS 3D printer has been described as being able to outperform traditional construction methods by reducing both time and cost up to 70%.