Here’s why Florida’s first 3D printed house is still not completed

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Eight months after construction started, Florida’s first 3D printed house remains a shell of what its finished form will look like thanks to several delays. 

Kyndra Light, the company’s co-owner behind the project, Precision Building and Renovating, said shipping delays and a combination of COVID-19 pausing construction efforts had pushed the end date from February to the end of May. 

“It was a perfect storm,” she told the Democrat Thursday about the house in the center of the Griffin Height neighborhood. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be done in the next month.”

The three-bedroom, two-bath home, which will have a starting listing price of $225,000, still needs appliances, flooring, electric wiring, paint, and kitchen furnishings before being ready for its first open house viewing. 

The “printing job” was done by Printed Farms, a Florida startup that has access to Danish manufacturer COBOD’s construction 3D printer. Printed Farms continues to bring a turn-key solution for builders to bring 3D construction to mainstream use.

The initial wall pouring was completed in under two weeks. By the next month, the house’s shingle roof, which was selected to fit in with the neighborhood’s style, was installed.

One of the house’s most distinct features is its curved exterior and interior walls. According to Light, the rounded look will still shine through, but not in a way that attracts too much attention.

People from across the world including Japan, Russia, the Netherlands, and Israel have called and visited the house. Light says she expects the home to be bought as soon as it’s put on the market.

Now that Light and the team know which materials are needed, scheduling, and the cost from their first 3D printed structure, they are planning to develop others.

“We’d love to do many more of these,” she said, adding that the 3D printing technology is not limited to housing: “We can do infrastructure projects, build things like public restrooms, benches or a large facility, so the sky is the limit.”

“I definitely think 3D printing is a pillar in the construction industry, right now,” says Apis Cor’s Business Operation Manager, Jennifer McKinney. “The innovation is needed, and another great benefit of it is it replaces human error.” 

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