We are all aware that the “affordable housing” crisis is affecting many parts of our country. There is a solution that will soon be put into effect in the homebuilding industry. It is known as 3D printing.
In January of 2014, we wrote a post called, “Science Fiction Becomes Reality." We focused on the 3D Printer that premiered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We likened it to Star Trek technology in the 24thCentury known as the replicator, which could produce food, clothing and other sundry items. We also posted a video demonstrating the making of a wrench with a 3D printer.
Four years later, on May 12, 2018, this video premiered on YouTube, and in the media. It showed an affordable 3D-printedHouse that took less than a day to build for $10,000. The prototype was built in Austin, TX, and was the first to received a permit for occupancy. The company ICON is predicting that the costs can be bought down to $4000, for this 650 square foot home.
The use of 3D printing is being adopted in many industries. With a 3D printer, a dentist can print a perfect crown for his patient in 30 minutes. Automobile manufacturers are printing auto parts. Even the luxury industry is using 3D printing.
“The Future is here. It’s just not widely distributed, yet”
--William Gibson, Science Fiction Novelist