At the speed technology is going, we’re only short of a couple of cancer cures and a hoverboard. Organs have already been 3D printed, so a house is no surprise. The wow factor lies in that for as low as S$5000, a 3D printed house can be completed under 24 hours. Not only does it save on labour and subsequently time, the structure goes further in energy efficiency. The printed layers of concrete material hardens into high thermal mass and continuous thermal envelope that makes for a superior level of resilience. Apart from the 20 x 11 ft dimensions, build volume length is actually infinite. Currently the largest existing printer, dubbed The Vulcan, printed its first home two weeks ago.
Partnering with construction tech company ICON, non-profit organisation New Story made it their goal to end homelessness. Especially in rural, disaster-prone areas where housing is often inadequate, it is a first step to alleviating the many obstacles developing countries face. This resonated with donors, who along with this reformed method of building, provided 1,400 homes across Haiti, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Mexico. The bad news is this has yet to be permitted on our homeground, because it is Singapore. But the good news– you are offered to extend help to millions of lives around the globe that will benefit greatly from this project. What else can we do with these facts? Until the day we can 3D print HDBs, safe shelter is a worthy cause to be supported.