Mighty Buildings is able to complete a home in just 24 hours—with walls, floors, and ceilings—because they 3D-print them in a warehouse in Oakland.
The startup uses a specialized material called thermostat composite that makes them durable, low maintenance, and ultra-energy efficient.
Customers can choose different sizes, from a 1 BD–1 bath unit, to a 3 BD–2 bath, with delivery and installation included in the price. The 350-sq-ft unit costs $115,000 installed. Plumbing, electricity, furnishings, doors and windows are all fitted post installation the old-fashioned way.
It's an exciting time in the world of 3-D printing. An entire neighborhood of 50 printed houses is being completed in Mexico by Texas company ICON, and will benefit low-income residents, through grants from a nonprofit.
3D-printed homes are actually becoming fairly popular, because their costs are so much lower, and there is 90% less waste, but differences in 3-D capabilities and technologies are emerging.