Apis Cor, the first company to develop a mobile construction 3D printer, recently built a 400-square foot home in less than 24 hours using no prefabricated sections or pre-existing structures.
Architectural Digest reports that the San Francisco-based startup company used a mobile printer with a craneline arm to layer the concrete for the home’s walls. Human workers added the roof, windows, doors, electrical wiring, and insulation.
The home cost less than $10,000 to build and is located outside of Moscow.
3-D printing has been employed before in construction, but only to create prefab pieces that still required assembly at the building site. Making the printer portable offers greater flexibility and accessibility while at the same time supporting more intricate and innovative designs without sacrificing stability.