An Italian startup named Wasp, used a giant 3D printer to build a house made of circular structures composed of clay, and the cost of production is only 35 euros.
According to El Mundo, one of Wasp’s partners, Gianluca Pugliese, stated in an interview that one of the favorite sites for the construction of these first homes would be in places where catastrophes occurred and where there is a need to relocate the population. He also said that in Italy it is very common for people to spend years living in very small houses and that with this innovation larger and even cheaper houses can be built.
He also pointed out that there are already several requests from various countries for the construction of these houses and that there are already intentions to build a whole neighborhood in the same way. The first house that was built is in Massa Lombarda, Italy, where the headquarters of this company is also located.
The 3D printer, which is 12 meters high and 7 meters wide, does not need any other raw material other than mud and straw, which are transformed into that clay that serves as the basis for the construction of these houses. It takes only four people to assemble the machine, which takes two days to be ready.
This printer advances in construction, about 50 centimeters per day, thus taking about a week to make the whole main structure of the house. The result is a circular housing, 6 meters in diameter and 4 meters high. Its interior is hollow and has no roof, since the roof is later fitted and adapted to the urban requirements of the place where the house will be inserted, the doors and windows are also set aside.
The price, however, is the most interesting point of the project, the cost of producing these houses is only 35 euros, since it does not require a lot of labor, a lot of raw material, not even trucks that have to Travel to transport the materials.
In addition to the main printer, there are two more printers, 3 meters high, which also have very important functions in the construction of these houses, so these two printers are responsible for converting the clay into a house. One works with plastic materials, building furniture, and the other works with crockery.
These three printers are practical in transportation, it is only necessary to disassemble them by modules and place them in a single transport container to be moved to any part of the world.
The company responsible for this idea promises that it will be able to make taller, wider houses up to 9 meters high, and that it will try to have a printer that runs on solar or wind energy so that costs are even reduced, construction requests are coming From Syria to South America.