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Are you ready for a 3D-printed house? They're cheaper, stronger and long-lasting, developers say

David Lyons, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

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The cost to maintain the home will be less than a standard wood-frame home, the Lights said.

“Wood breaks and wood rots, especially here in the South,” James Light said. “In time, we will be able to offer investment opportunities for families that are more accessible, and with a longer range of return.”

Wellington firm in the vanguard

While no 3D homes appear to be on the immediate horizon in South Florida, the company that poured the concrete for the Tallahassee project is based in Wellington, and has several Florida projects in the works, the owners said in an email.

Jim Ritter and Fredrik Wannius, co-founders of Printed Farms, accepted delivery of their first printing machine in August 2020 from Denmark.

The “closed shell construction system,” Wannius said, “produces a hurricane-, flood-resistant building taking sheet rock out of the walls and using an almost water-impermeable print material.”

 

“The material arrives in super sacks and is loaded into a silo,” he added. “The material is mixed [in the system] with water and pumped into the hopper of the 3D printer.”

He said a 1,540 square foot home can be produced in two to three weeks, depending on inspections, roof system and whether exterior window and doors are installed.

“This is from forming the slab to covering of the roof, he said. “We can print the walls in four to five days.”

Wannius said his firm has not encountered any local building code problems to date,

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