Unless your head’s been buried in the sand for the past five or ten years, you’ll be well aware of the fact that the UK is embroiled in the midst of a housing crisis. There has been a lot of talk about what has led to this crisis, and how we could deal with it. The fact of the matter is that building houses takes a lot of time and money, and this is something that can cause problems.
So, is there anything in the future that will be able to help with the housing crisis? Actually, there are a few things, and you might not think about it, but technology can really help here. In particular, the development of 3D printing could well revolutionise the housing market over here and abroad.
Apis Cor is an American company specialising in 3D printing, and they actually were able to print a home, on location, in around 24 hours! Wowzer! This really could change and revolutionise the entire housing market, especially in the next decade. This is going to save time and money, and help people construct the dream homes they want.
Even if the 3D printing can’t be used to construct a fully liveable home, at worst, it could create a scale prototype. Think how amazing that would be to be able to just erect a home on site and get the fine details of exactly what you want to be sorted out. It would certainly make the process of building from scratch much easier and more attainable.
Apis Cor was able to build a 400 ft square home using nothing but 3D printing. It sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie, but this is actually more achievable than we realise in this day and age. Sure, it may only have been a single story home, much like an igloo in size and shape. But, this is just the start of things, and we could well see the printing process develop at a rapid rate.
Moscow, Russia was the setting for this unexpected feat, and the materials for the home are thought to have a 175-year lifespan. The home is actually not he market for a little north of $10,000, a steal in our book! The inside is pretty spacious, and we could well see these sorts of homes and apartments cropping up all over the country or even the world.
This is a great example of how technology can benefit other areas of the world. And, 3D printing has such a range and seems so adaptable that it begs the question of how much more it could be used for in the future.