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MUSCATINE, Iowa – The first-in-the-state 3D-printed home that is under construction in this community just hit a major stumbling block. The home’s walls will have to be rebuilt because of a problem with the concrete mixture being used to build the walls. The home under construction on Duncan Drive in the Arbor Commons subdivision in Muscatine is being built using a 3D construction robotic arm. That arm uses a concrete formula to build the concrete walls of the home. The rest of the home was to be built much like any other stick home.
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- The base of a 3D printed home is constructed in 12 days or less. Alquist 3D has done it as fast as 28 hours. The finishes (plumbing, electrical, etc.) will take another six to 10 weeks.
- A 3D home can reduce labor costs by up to 80%.
- An Alquist 3D home in Virginia is estimated to have saved 15% per square foot in building costs.
- 3D homes are printed with a concrete mix called “crete.” This mix makes homes very durable and less vulnerable to the elements compared to stick-built homes.
- 3D homes are based on a design plan that is uploaded from a digital file. The 3D printer creates a blueprint of the design from computer-aided design software and follows the design as it prints.