Autonomous robotic system builds world's largest 3D printed home

January 10, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Autonomous robotic system builds world's largest 3D printed home
3D printer manufacturer SQ4D (Patchogue, NY) says it has built the world's largest permitted 3D printed home.

Constructed using the company's Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS), the 1900-square-foot home took only forty eight hours of print time over an eight day period, says the company. The home was entirely printed and built onsite using less than $6000 in materials.

The company's ARCS technology robotically builds foundations, exterior walls, interior walls, utility conduits, and more. The digital driven system reduces labor to as little as three people, accounting for up to 41% of the total construction of a home. In addition, says the company, the technology's low power consumption allows homes and buildings to be built using far less energy than needed in traditional construction methods, creating an environmentally friendly impact.

 

 

The technology achieves faster build times by eliminating and consolidating over 20 manual labor intensive processes, such as siding, framing, sheathing, and more. The technology, says the company, will be replacing and eliminating more expensive and inferior building materials, causing the printed structures to be stronger and safer. For example, using concrete will reduce the cost by at least 30%, as well as making the structure more fire resistant than traditional methods.

Looking ahead, says the company, future print time is expected to be cut in half on its next projects, due to ARCS enhancements implemented post construction.

SQ4D

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