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Size is a limiting factor unless you are 3D-printing it on-site, in the exact spot.
It is not a machine limitation, but a transportation limitation: the piece needs to be "small enough" to have good quality control and also for you to transport around without the need for special permits, "narrow enough" to fit a traffic lane or two (even standing up or on the sides) so that you don't need to shut off the freeway/highway, "short enough" for you to use public roads without having to reroute half the world to find an underpass that fits the rig etc.

You then have to have the crane/forklift/whatever to unload it / position it in place, where both size and weight play a role.

The "mechanics/logistics" of such transportation moves are in place and dealing with precast (prefabricated) concrete building pieces for decades now. A huge % of all the double T / T beams you see in freeway and highway bridges and underpasses in the US are precast/pretensioned beams that where built in a factory and "shipped" over land.

So even if they could build a massive building over a few days, it would only make sense if you were building it on-site.

As for the structural integrity, well, the method of construction doesn't bypass the minimum structural requirements set by code and reviewed for the permit issue.
They won't allow such tech to be deployed in the field and produce any short of publicly accessible building without it meeting or exceeding the minimum standards.
And such codes are in place in China, like most countries. Yes, rules get bended over there, but the same goes everywhere: it's usually all about who you know who knows whom, and what you are willing to give away.

Oh, and dormer rooms are not that big guys...I am currently working on a 2500 bed project that will be charging $1,300-1500 a month for you to share a bedroom smaller than 12' x 12' in downtown LA.
Edited by pcfoo - 4/29/14 at 2:11pm
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post #32 of 91
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Why are you guys complaining about the size so much?

You do know its only 5000$ for it, it would make housing cheap for singles on a budget like university students, also you can build larger housing if you want to, they only built those as an example.

"costs just under $5000 to produce"

Figure on at least $10k to buy one after markup. That, I'm sure would only get you the shell also. This isn't as cheap as it seems, not yet anyway.
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Problem is the cost of a house or apartment is not based primarily on the building cost. It's based mostly on land value and "perceived market value", that is a combination of market value and speculation. A $250,000 house in LA costs $100,000 in Tennessee, because most of the price is in the land costs, taxes, and speculated value.

If these crappy 3D printed houses become common for young people, the savings will be going to the land owners and realtors; not to the college students. Another way in which the standard of living for most is decreased to the benefit of a few.


It would be beneficial for emergency and government housing, though.
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This reminds me of the high tech age in empire earth when everything is made by 3d printers.
    
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Problem is the cost of a house or apartment is not based primarily on the building cost. It's based mostly on land value and "perceived market value", that is a combination of market value and speculation. A $250,000 house in LA costs $100,000 in Tennessee, because most of the price is in the land costs, taxes, and speculated value.

If these crappy 3D printed houses become common for young people, the savings will be going to the land owners and realtors; not to the college students. Another way in which the standard of living for most is decreased to the benefit of a few.


It would be beneficial for emergency and government housing, though.

Well put. I have a friend who purchased a "minihouse" recently for about $15,000 and it has fully plumbing and electrical hookups, around 250sqft I believe and has it's own sort of trailer/ramp so it can be placed on a truck and moved. These things being made out of concrete would make them expensive to ship and move around. Great for temporary or permanent buildings in the general vicinity or disasters but there's better options otherwise. Mobile homes and trailers are a bit more expensive but would be easier to obtain and move around.


As for the size, 650sqft does seem rather small as the smallest house I've lived in was about twice that size but then again that is still plenty of space, especially for temporary housing, and many apartments are going to be about that size or just slightly larger. For $5000 it's a steal since apartments will probably be $500 a month.
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post #36 of 91
650sq ft is definitely 'doable' though it may not be entirely comfortable. I live outside an urban area (Cincinnati, OH) in a nicer part of town, but live in an apartment. Our apartment is about that size and we have my wife and myself, 2 daughters, a stepson part-time, 4 dogs, and 1 cat. We definitely feel the tight space, however we've been comfortable here for over 2 years now.
Now, we have also lived in a 3000 sq. ft. house as a family and had TOO much room. Too many people have unrealistic views of 'needs' for their family. I would certainly love a man cave, but right now i'm happy with my 'man nook' behind the couch in the living room biggrin.gif
Give me a double sized version of this house, reinforce it, and a plot of land to put it on... i'm golden thumb.gif
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"3d printed". It's a robot shooting concrete on a wall. They use trendy jargon.

That's why the formwork seems to have been so badly placed.

It had no formwork, just a spray shooting concrete on it.
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Cool, hope something like this can become commonplace. Though that isnt a house, its little more than a room smile.gif
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650sq ft is definitely 'doable' though it may not be entirely comfortable. I live outside an urban area (Cincinnati, OH) in a nicer part of town, but live in an apartment. Our apartment is about that size and we have my wife and myself, 2 daughters, a stepson part-time, 4 dogs, and 1 cat. We definitely feel the tight space, however we've been comfortable here for over 2 years now.
Now, we have also lived in a 3000 sq. ft. house as a family and had TOO much room. Too many people have unrealistic views of 'needs' for their family. I would certainly love a man cave, but right now i'm happy with my 'man nook' behind the couch in the living room biggrin.gif
Give me a double sized version of this house, reinforce it, and a plot of land to put it on... i'm golden thumb.gif

I wouldnt consider 3ksq ft too much. Just about right actually. My house is about 2400sq ft and it feels rather cramped tbh. A friend has a 5k or 6ksq ft house and even that doesnt strike me as all that large.
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Cool, hope something like this can become commonplace. Though that isnt a house, its little more than a room smile.gif
I wouldnt consider 3ksq ft too much. Just about right actually. My house is about 2400sq ft and it feels rather cramped tbh. A friend has a 5k or 6ksq ft house and even that doesnt strike me as all that large.

Differences in needs and perspective. We are friends with a couple who have a ~3-4k sq.ft. house and it's just completely too big for us to even come up with uses for all the space. Each kids gets a room, master bedroom, man cave, play room... all standard rooms... still ~1.5k sq.ft left to play with. Wasted space. This is actually pretty much how their house is too lol. They turned the basement into a 'media room' of sorts but the rest is mostly for their kids and even has a full sized bouncy house and a swing anchored to the ceiling in another part.
Some of it could be layout, but i think people are just too used to have huge amounts of space. Most people I know from countries other than the US that I've talked to about this topic have agreed with me. Us 'Mericans are pampered lol.
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It should be great for developing areas that don't have earthquakes.
 
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