Habitat for Humanity recently completed its first 3D-printed home in Virginia, a 1,200-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath structure built to withstand hurricanes and tornadoes that could also serve as a possible catalyst for similar industry innovation to create more affordable housing nationwide. The home’s exterior was constructed in just 28 hours by Atlas Community Studios using an Alquist 3D printer, which allows for complete customization from start to finish, Architectural Digest reports.
The completed project also comes with a personal 3D printer that will assist homeowner April Stringfield with necessary additions and repairs with the capacity to quickly and effectively produce everything from cabinet knobs to electrical outlets.
The Des Moines-based company, headed by founder and CEO Zack Mannheimer, partnered with the nonprofit to construct the monumental project. “You don’t have to be a millionaire to customize your home. 3D technology allows for customization at all levels of home buying, and Alquist will be offering this later this year,” he explains.
Though efficiency is certainly of the essence when it comes to everything Habitat for Humanity does, sustainability is equally as important. And this highly technical home is hardly an exception. In fact, it’s EarthCraft certified, which basically provides a blueprint for building comfortable homes that both reduce utility bill costs and minimize negative environmental impacts.