The very first two-storied building with a basement that is 3D printed, is now under construction at Kingston’s Adelaide Street and Division Street, courtesy of a local 3D construction printing entity nidus3D.
Company spokesperson Jay Sachdev talked about how 3D printing is helping develop homes that are more climate resilient, while leading to significant labor, time, and cost savings as compared to conventional construction. The company also stated that masonry and concrete homes have the ability to resist extreme conditions and these are now being developed in a more cost-effective manner through 3D printing.
New 3D Printed Housing Sector Pioneering
With Canada facing a massive housing gap, the CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) has estimated how the country has to develop 22 million units by the year 2030, with Ontario requiring almost 50% of this figure alone. The construction sector is also seeing shortages of labor which are compounding the situation further. nidus3D feels that this gap can be filled up with cost-effective 3D printing solutions. Every project, according to partners and associates, will be a proof of concept for how things can evolve further. The company has also tied up with Habitat for Humanity in Leamington/Windsor-Essex, and also with the University of Windsor for printing the first 3D printed residential multi-unit building in the country.
The 560-square foot homes were four in number and were printed in May this year, spanning close to 200 hours. The building serves as a future indicator for more projects, while showcasing how 3D printing serves as a valuable tool for such projects. Other upcoming projects include a 3D printed multi-storied studio at Wolfe Island and the public art installation Water Snake.