Canada has witnessed several recent efforts to find solutions to the ongoing housing crisis by providing 3D printed housing. Anubis 3D, a company based in Toronto, has now stated that it has successfully printed more than 10 million parts ever since its launch in 2012. Many such components require 1-2 days for creation. The industry is eventually looking at a reality where shortages and supply chain issues will vanish, with components becoming easily dispatch-able while wastage of materials will also be negated. This will make 3D-printed components lighter without any durability or strength compromises.
Twente Additive Manufacturing is tackling the housing crisis by offering 3D printing for buildings and walls via a robotic arm. The material is sent down a concrete hose to the robot with six-axes. This suitably positions the nozzle for gathering more material for a wall for instance. Digital fabrication does away with several mistakes and overruns in costs. 3D printing may help the industry deliver homes faster and at lower prices.
Twente is one of the early pioneers to design and develop the first 3D printed homes in the country. They have also tied up with World Housing for developing five homes at Nelson in British Columbia. It is also assisting the town called Merritt in British Columbia with regard to rebuilding homes for those who lost their homes in floods or fires. These homes have plans of 46 square meters and it requires 12 hours for the frame to be printed. The design is almost finalized with 20 homes to be printed and built by the company by the year-end. Canada is soldering on with its quest to find innovative 3D printing solutions for addressing the ongoing housing crisis. This technology may find traction in several other countries as well.