It would take 220 years to 3D-print an average house
Real estate blog Movoto offers a calculator to determine what it would take to 3D-print your house with a MakerBot Replicator 2.
We've been hearing about the possibility of 3D-printed, full-size houses for some time. We may even get our first one sometime this year, thanks to the. Now you can get an idea of what it would take to create your own home from 3D-printed blocks.
Real estate blog Movoto has created a "3D Print your House" calculator to give you the daunting numbers involved with using a 3D printer to make your abode. The numbers are based on the time and cost of materials of using a to print out plastic bricks.
The calculations involved working out how long and at what cost it would take the Replicator 2 to produce a brick measuring 8 inches by 3.5 inches by 2.75 inches. It would also cost $12 in plastic to make each of these theoretical bricks. The rest is about determining how many bricks it would take to build a house.
A typical 2,500-square-foot, two-story house would take 220 years to print out and use more than $330,000 in plastics. I ran the numbers on my own home and it would only take 120 years and $182,000 to make it with a MakerBot printer. That doesn't even include extras, like windows, wood flooring, or heating. Good thing I bought the place already built.
This doesn't meant 3D-printed homes won't become a reality. The architects looking into building these are using industrial-size printers that can handle much larger pieces in a much shorter amount of time than a regular home 3D printer. It just means we won't be printing homes from home anytime soon.