The world's first 3D-printed neighborhood is being built in Mexico for families living on $3 a day

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The 33-foot printer pipes out a concrete mix that hardens when it dries, building the walls one layer at a time. It takes 24 hours over several days to build two houses at the same time -- that's about two times faster than it takes New Story to build a home with regular construction.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Interesting concept but a better article/photos at

    Some things I don't 'get' about this:

    A California company is soliciting donations to build these houses in Mexico...while california has a real affordable housing problem.

    The photos in the link above show exterior and interior of the 'new homes' - attractive, livable...but not viable in the US? I can think of lots of people who would be happy with a low cost, small, environmentally responsible home.

    Found pricing info:
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    There are many affordable options for building homes to cheaper with lower heating and cooling costs .

    In the US the main storage assest of wealth is real estate .and their homes .and a main source of revenue for cities is property taxes.

    So the best way to increase the value of house is to restrict new building and prevent low cost houses from being built that reduce popery values .

    I'm not Al fan of the entire house being 3dprinted but you could probably 3d print parts of the house on site and assemble those into nice looking houses.

    I think you can buy kit log houses in parts of the Us that cost a little more than these and have better square footage.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Why aren't you a fan of potentially 3d printing houses like this? At a cost of $4k-10k for a 600-800 sq foot's a bargain. Could be an answer to public housing in some areas - could help ease the homeless problem by using the cheaper versions that are one room plus bath and use communal kitchens in a development.

    In the US the real problem is the same one tiny homes have faced - outdated building codes being used to maintain 'property values' by requiring larger homes with stringent regulations not being updated to reflect improvements in building.

    Building codes are one of the slowest government 'thingies' to change from what I've seen both working in real estate and owning homes. For example, in this 'copied' home in future it would be possible to eliminate many of the 'inspections' now required....if the PLAN meets specifications and the materials are approved - that would be sufficient. Getting local government planning departments on board is another issue altogether.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    An interesting material is "aircrete" which is basically concrete mixed with Dove dish soap to create foam bubbles so it's about 90% air. I don't know if it can be used in 3D printers or not, but I'm guessing someone will try. It can be poured into prefab molds which may be as good.

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