The global housing crisis is among the most pressing concerns in modern society. While the demand for living spaces in urban areas is increasing, available space is shrinking exponentially. On top of this, housing costs are getting higher and higher while building and renovating costs are increasing. As a result, RDA Modular is planning to address the housing crises with 3D injection. Using the technology they can employ offsite production with factories that can produces 1000’s of houses each.
Chairman David Hudson said: “Construction is the final titan of all industries to be disrupted by technology. To make high-quality houses that are significantly more affordable is quite the challenge; we had to think far outside the box.”
The company looked at regular 3D printing solution, but concluded there were significant downsides to it. Traditional 3D printing did not match their quality or speed standards, so they shifted towards a 3D injection solution mixed with printing and other modern tech like robotics. The method allows for company to print 6,000 – 8,000 houses in offsite factories with low carbon footprint materials.
Pioneering Modern Construction and Solving Housing Crises
The typical 3 – 4 bedroom house takes about half a year to make. In contrast, RDA claims they can produce a higher quality version within 3 to 5 days, according to their website. Impressively, they also boast larger windows, higher ceilings and lower costs than traditional construction. The company does this all with a precision of 0.5mm in minimum resolution. The company achieves all these advantages through an extensive network of global suppliers and the latest in construction technologies.
RDA also uses a whole host of construction methods mixed together into one coherent whole. Aside from 3D Printing and injection, they employ the use of aerospace composites, advanced materials, industrial robotics and highly automated production lines.
RDA’s solution provides not just more efficient production, but also at a time that is crucial. The housing crises across the world require bolder more innovative solutions, so it’s nice to see the company stepping forward with a solution that is cheaper and more sustainable. It appears they truly might disrupt the industry after all.
Featured image courtesy of Sean Smith (the independent – 2018) retrieved via RDA’s website