A new era of affordable, fast-built, more sustainable homes is underway
-Using 3D printing in the creation of a home reduces waste and labor costs.-Construction tech companies can 3D-print the frame and walls of a house in under 48 hours. -The high initial costs of the technology are likely to keep 3D-printed homes a niche product for now.
With home prices rising and housing inventory tight, home buyers are craving a wider variety of options in a competitive market. While construction has picked up, labor shortages and the rising cost of lumber remain challenges. The U.S. is nearly 5 million homes short of meeting market demand. A new crop of companies say they have a solution: 3D printing technology. And their work could transform the way we build houses on a broader scale.