The desert settings of Coachella Valley in California will be the future site of a revolutionary development in a manner of speaking. In what clearly points to the future of housing developments in the USA, this area will have the country’s first-ever 3D printed locality. A partnership between sustainable real estate developer Palari and construction technology company Mighty Buildings is behind this upcoming transformation. They will develop a planned community over 5 acres of land in Rancho Mirage. This will have 15 homes that are fully 3D printed and environment-friendly.
Mighty Buildings churns out homes in its headquarters at Oakland with huge 3D printers in its arsenal. The material hardens instantly, enabling insulation layers, a roof and exterior features like overhangs to be added in a single procedure. Close to 80% of construction will be automated swiftly while 95% lesser labor hours are needed. There is also 10 times lower waste than regular construction as claimed by the company. Its printers can build a 350 square foot housing unit in 24 hours or less. The printers are often set to build houses overnight while employees get their necessary rest and sleep.
The homes in Rancho Mirage will have mid-century contemporary architectural styles. They will be 1,450 square foot primary residences with two bathrooms and three bedrooms in tandem with a secondary residence of two bedrooms and one bath on the property. Every home will have a lot of 10,000 square feet with a back yard swimming pool and the choice of paying extra for amenities like fire pits, hot tubs, cabanas and outdoor showers. Prices start from $595,000 for the base 3BR/2BA model while increasing to $950,000 for a two-home configuration complete with upgrades.
A Mexico non-profit also announced in 2019 that 3D printed homes would be churned out for low-income households. 3D printed homes are also expected to be installed later this year across Austin, Texas. The rise of these homes is necessary at a time when California is facing a crucial housing crisis, requiring 1.8-3.5 million new units by the year 2025 for accommodating its growing population.