A recent graduate of Baylor University has just created the first livable structure in the United States to be entirely 3d printed.
Alex Le Roux had already created a concrete 3d printer last year while he was finishing up school in Waco, Texas, but now he's put his machine to the test in Houston, creating a small but livable home or storage unit with the second generation Vesta printer.
"This latest print has been a continuation of the previous efforts building concrete-substrate 3D printers,” Le Roux told 3DPrint.com. “After the first printer was built, people reached out with interest in using printers or using the printer’s services, and it thus became clear that it might make sense to build a business around this technology.”
The home or storage structure took just 24 hours to print and stands 8 x 5 x 7 feet tall, while the printer Le Roux used to complete the concrete structure has a build volume of 10 x 10 x 10 feet and is based off similar technology to many desktop 3d printers sitting in schools, businesses and homes. The entire machine can be setup on-site in just 30 minutes, so it's theoretically easy to move around from one construction site to another.
"Moving forward, we will finish the V3 Vesta Printer, begin printing on a fully-up-to code home in Michigan in August, and then perhaps consider raising a more serious round of funding if traction continues at this pace," Le Roux told 3D Print.com.
Le Roux got some help from ModCo Development LLC, a company based in Michigan that specialiizes in non-traditional construction methods.