Probably you’ve heard about the current trend of 3D printed homes. In Amsterdam a team is working on 3D printing a canal house, in China ten 3D printed houses have been built in a single day and in America the Contour Crafting team is also working on a quick way to 3D print houses. However, there wasn’t really an opportunity yet for people to buy a 3D house printer, and BetAbram now wants to change this once and for all. The Slovenian company aims to release its first house printer this year’s July or August.
If you would like to buy the BetAbram P3 printer yourself, it would however cost you 12,000 euros. Nevertheless, the P3 is the cheapest of its kind. The Slovenian company additionally wants to release two other 3D house printers in September of this year, called the P2 and P1. They will be sold for approx. 20,000 euros (P2) and approx. 32,000 euros (P1). These house printer will enable users to print out larger houses. The P3 can print out 12 square meter houses, while the P2 can create 72 square meter houses and the P1 can even build 144 square meter houses.
3DPrint.com has had a little chat with this company and the Slovenians told them: “We already constructed all three types [of printers], but we are still developing software for [the] BetAbram P2 and P1 printers. These printers are designed to build houses. We’ve printed a lot of small objects, miniature houses, sculptures, but we haven’t built a real house yet because the P2 and P1 printer software is still under development. It will be ready in September 2014 along with P2 and P1 printers.”
The technique of 3D printing houses can have a big impact on the field of construction, which will likely become a more computer-controlled world. This could lead to a loss of construction jobs, but it also has many advantages. One if the core benefits is that it’s relatively cheap to 3D print your own house. This could help construction workers to rapidly build cheap houses in the Third World, leading to a possible decrease of homeless people.
Image credits: BetAbram.