It's cheaper than you'd think.
For the first time, a 3D-printed house is for sale in the United States, and its fabrication process makes it a considerably cheaper purchase than its neighbors.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is 3D-printed on-site by the company SQ4D, which 3D Printing Media Network reports has developed an Autonomous Robotic Construction System that prints structures out of concrete. The automated process, cheaper than conventional construction, teases a future in which the price of a house stops being so utterly unattainable.
The open-floorplan house is listed on Zillow for $299,999. That makes it considerably cheaper than neighboring homes in Riverhead, New York.
“At $299,999, this home is priced 50 percent below the cost of comparable newly-constructed homes in Riverhead, NY and represents a major step towards addressing the affordable housing crisis plaguing Long Island,” Zillow agent Stephen King told 3D Printing Media Network.
For now, SQ4D is the first company to 3D print a house that’s certified for occupancy in the United States, but 3D Printing Media Network reports that it has ambitions to quickly add more.
The company reportedly has plans to build even more of these or similar houses in New York and California — suggesting a pathway for 3D printed homes to graduate from a niche oddity to a viable living situation.
READ MORE: First commercial 3D printed house in the US now on sale for $300,000 [3D Printing Media Network]
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