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This 20-foot-tall 3D printer can build entire houses in just 24 hours thanks to this surprising material

This 20-foot-tall 3D printer can build entire houses in just 24 hours thanks to this surprising material

Mighty Buildings, a new company out of Oakland, California, promises to build—or actually print—a house in 24 hours.

According to the company’s website, it is part of an innovation in the home building sector that has been in the works for five years.

Warp News reports that Mighty Buildings differs from similar companies in that the team can print the roof, ceiling and other parts of the house at extreme speeds.

“Because we build houses that people can live in, we have very consciously implemented our vision of making living space better. “This is not software that can be debugged on the fly,” Slava Solonitsyn, CEO and co-founder of Mighty Buildings, told Dwell. “We are now ready to scale our production with full confidence in our certifications and regulatory compliance of both our material and our technology.”

The 20-foot-tall printer produces composite stone panels from recycled materials. The process automates much of the work — about 80% — primarily because the company can print the entire shell of a home, reducing later assembly work, Dwell reports.

The company cites several global issues that this method aims to address, including high real estate prices, population growth outpacing construction projects, and supply chain bottlenecks.

Sustainability is another big goal. The company says its process and materials produce just 1% as much waste as homes built using traditional means. The printing process currently uses 60% recycled materials and the team hopes to achieve zero air pollution by 2028.

These advances also reduce costs and lower prices for homebuyers. Mighty Buildings says its printed homes cost 45% less than comparable homes in the California market.

Dwell reports that available models include 350-square-foot studios and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. The latter option costs about $285,000.

Mighty Buildings is currently accepting orders. The company’s website shows a community in Southern California with 30 printed houses in the desert. The homes’ design appears futuristic, combining modern hardware with sustainable technology, including solar panels on the roof. The company hopes to take its concept nationwide soon.

“With a strong foundation in robotics, manufacturing and sustainability, Mighty Buildings’ founding team understands the various facets of the issues facing modern housing,” Eric Migicovsky, partner at startup accelerator Y Combinator, told Dwell. “Accommodating units are just the beginning of continuing to expand on their unique approach to construction.”

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