In time for Christmas, a Virginia family received the keys to their new 3D-printed house.
According to a Habitat for Humanity news release, this is the first 3D-printed home in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg CEO Janet V. Green told CNN that the organization worked with Alquist, a 3D printing business, early this year to start the process. The home was printed by Alquist's team.
The 1,200-square-foot residence is made of concrete and features three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
The technique allows the home to be erected in only 12 hours. To build the same home conventionally would take no less than four weeks. April Stringfield bought the house through Habitat for Humanity's Homebuyer Program. Just in time for the holidays, she will move in with her 13-year-old son. Stringfield stated via a live livestream on Habitat's Facebook page, "My son and I are so thankful," "I have always wanted to purchase a home. It seems as though a fantasy has come true."
Stringfield put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity to buy the house, according to Green, which is one of the program's prerequisites for purchasers. Green explained, "Every Habitat affiliate in the nation and worldwide sells home to partner families who have low to moderate incomes," "They must have and maintain good credit and be willing to partner with us." Stringfield told CNN affiliate WTKR, "I'm excited to make new memories in Williamsburg and especially in a house, a home," "Some place I can call home and give my son that backyard that he can play in and also for my puppy to run around the yard."
Long-term benefits of the concrete used in the house's 3D structure include the capacity to maintain temperature and endure natural catastrophes such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Stringfield's home also has a personal 3D printer, which she can use to reproduce "everything from electrical outlet to trim to cabinet knobs," according to Green.
While this is Habitat for Humanity's first 3D home in the United States, it will not be the last.
Green told CNN that the company intends to continue collaborating and developing the printing technique. "We would love to build more with this technology, especially because it's got that long-term savings for the homeowners," Green said.
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