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Rancho Mirage 3D printed home

3D Printing Homes

May 1, 2021 | Trends

When Chuck Hull invented the first three-dimensional (3D) printer in 1983, 3D printers cost around $300,000. By 2014, prices of some 3D printers had fallen below $500, but a mass market remains elusive.
  • Market size โ€“ In 2020, 3D printing was estimated to be a $13 billion market.
  • Applications โ€“ 3D printing is primarily used in industrial applications, typically prototyping and manufacturing. In the early 2010s, manufacturers kicked off a race to create the least expensive 3D printer designed for personal applications but that market failed to materialize. In October 2012, MakerBot, a 3D printing pioneer, opened its first store on Mulberry Street in New Yorkโ€™s hip Bowery neighborhood. Three years later, the company shuttered its three brick-and-mortar stores, including the one on Mulberry.
  • 3D-printed homes โ€“ In March 2018, Austin, Tex.-based Icon, a startup focused on creating new, sustainable building practices, showed off the worldโ€™s first 3D-printed home at SXSW. Its debut project, the East 17th Street Residences, is now under construction. In Rancho Mirage, Calif., another development, pictured above, uses materials from Oakland-based Mighty Buildings. Scheduled to be completed next spring, the 15 Palari homes pre-sold within days, some even purchased with bitcoin.

Mighty Buildings uses robots to print a composite material the company calls Light Stone Material, which is both stronger and lighter than concrete.

Michael Tchong

Michael Tchong

Founder, Author, Adjunct Professor, Futurist

Michael is the founder of Toolhacker LLC, an innovation speaker and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, futurist, and author of โ€œUbertrends โ€” How Trends And Innovation Are Transforming Our Future.โ€ He is also the founder of four ahead-of-the-wave startups, including MacWEEK, Atelier Systems, CyberAtlas, and ICONOCAST.
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