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How Are 3D Printed Houses Shaping the Real Estate Industry

Where We Stand As Far As 3D Printing is Concerned?

By Flora MayerPublished 5 years ago 3 min read

The real estate industry has seen many transformations in the recent past, the most recent being the emergence of 3D printed houses. Indeed, the words of former US President Barack Obama, that 3D technology will revolutionize the world as we know it, has come to pass.

It is expected that in the next decade, almost 25 percent of all constructions in Dubai will have some elements of 3D imagery. And that is just one city among many other developed cities that are prioritizing this technology in their housing sectors. In this post, we will delve deeper into the topic and explain five key ways through which 3D printed houses are on the threshold of revolutionizing the real estate industry. Also, throughout the article, you will see that for interested people who are looking to buy a house, 3D printed houses are not only faster to be built but also can come at a much lower price.

Where We Stand As Far As 3D Printing is Concerned

For now, most scale models of actual real estate projects are being made using 3D imaging. However, stakeholders in the real estate business are starting to experiment on actual 3D printed buildings which, hopefully, will bear fruits soon.

One example of a fruitful 3D-printed building is the Winsun building in Shanghai, a 5-story building which took less time to construct than a one-story building of the same quality and floor space. And to add to the existing optimism in the industry, this Chinese building cost only about $160,000 to complete.

After successfully creating “The Vesta,” a 3D printer that can print an averagely small house, a Baylor University engineering graduate by the name of Alex Le Roux also managed to print a 3D building in a day. These examples show that we are likely to see a breakthrough in 3D housing sooner than the anticipated 10 years.

5 Ways 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Real Estate Industry

1. Home décor sector

It is now possible to customize your home décor depending on your tastes and home location without blowing your budget, thanks to 3D printing. If you can imagine it, 3D printers will actualize it for you. This technology has been used all over the world to print customized residential faucets, frames, wall art canvases, and vases, among other home improvement things. Your options can never be limited to 3D printing.

Another promising thing about 3D printed decors is that they come in the right size, shape, or color that you want. As a matter of fact, marketing professionals are now advertising homes using this technology as a leverage. Home buyers who understand current trends are in most cases insisting on quality, 3D-printed décor.

2. Cheaper housing

One challenge that has plagued the real estate industry in recent times is the lack of affordable housing, especially for the mid-income earners. 3D technology will solve this problem in a jiffy once it is rolled out completely. Some of the reasons that make houses unaffordable include high cost of building materials, expensive labor, and complicated logistics. These challenges will be easily neutralized by 3D printing.

According to global futurist Jack Uldrich, 3D printing will also make building faster as it is not affected by external factors such as bad weather and limited skillsets.

3. Ease in designing houses

Oftentimes, people get frustrated with building their own homes because the contractors they hire fail to deliver as expected. And even if they deliver, sometimes they end up copying their previous works or imitating other “tried and tested” layouts. What if you were handed the freedom to design your home as you wish without needing to hire a contractor? You definitely would come up with a very unique design, right? Well, 3D printing will make this seemingly far-fetched dream real.

4. Upgraded kitchens

Soon, you will not need to wake up early to make breakfast. It will be as simple as printing it thanks to 3D printing. And because a good 3D printer can cook multiple ingredients at a go, people will be able to save time when cooking. Although this may take time to come to life, real estate professionals are excited over the prospects of using it as an ad material to convince new homebuyers.

5. Housing in small spaces

Not all spaces are favorable for construction. Some are inaccessible and taking building materials and equipment to these are almost impossible. But because 3D printers do not take too much space, it will now be possible for real estate developers to develop even the currently inhabitable and inaccessible areas.


About the Creator

Flora Mayer

Flora is a young and ambitious who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off traveling the world. She helps tourists with free walking tours in London - so get in touch with her if you want a special tour.

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