Portable 3D printer builds a tiny house for a tiny price

Though 3D-printed architecture is still in its relative infancy, we’re already at the point that printing a basic house is feasible. 3D-printing firm Apis Cor, in collaboration with development firm PIK, recently showed off the portable 3D printer it has developed by using it to build a basic structure of a 38-sq-m (409-sq-ft) home.

The prototype home was built in Russia starting last December (the weather was so cold they had to erect a tent to keep the cement mixture from freezing) and was just recently finished. Its roughly circular shape was chosen to highlight the tech’s versatility, and though modest inside, it looks like a usable small home for one or two people.

The actual printing process took 24 hours and is very similar to the other 3D-printed architecture projects we’ve reported on. Put simply, the 3D printer, which looks like a small crane, extrudes cement out of a nozzle in layer after layer to create a structure.

The machine didn’t do all the work, though. The roof, insulation, windows, and other components were all added later by humans. The total cost for the project came in at just US$10,134, not including furniture or appliances.

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Yes, I saw that report, I hope it can help poor people to build their homes.