Habitat for Humanity gives 1st 3D-printed home to a Virginia family
The promise of new technology hit close to home for one family from Virginia, as they were recently given keys to their new 3D printed home by Habitat for Humanity and Alquist.
Habitat for Humanity partnered with Alquist gave this brand-new 3D-printed home to a mother and her 13-year-old son.
Alquist is a construction company that uses 3D printing technology.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families around the world build or improve a place they can call home.
The house is the first 3D-printed home Habitat for Humanity has given to a family.
“I’m excited to make new memories in Williamsburg and especially in a house, a home. Someplace 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,” said April Stringfield, the owner of the new home.
“My son and I are so thankful,” said the mother, identified only as April, while accepting the new home. “I always wanted to be a homeowner. It’s a dream come true,” she added.
The 1,200 sqft 3D printed house has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
And it saved 15% per square foot in building costs.
It was built from concrete.
Interestingly, they only took only 12 hours to complete the total construction.
According to Habitat for Humanity, The concrete used for the construction has several long-term benefits such as the ability to retain temperature and be immune to natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes.
“What you see … is four years of blood, sweat, and tears of figuring out how to make this happen. Virginia is the leader in 3D printing home construction, hands down,” said CEO of Alquist, Zachary Mannheimer.
Stringfield’s new home includes an additional personal 3D printer for her to reprint other personal needs, “everything from electrical outlet to trim to cabinet knobs,” Green told CNN news.
“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,” said Green.
“We would love to build more with this technology, especially because it’s got those long-term savings for the homeowners,” Green added.
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