Detroit’s First 3D-Printed House Approaches Finish Line
The construction of what is claimed to be Michigan’s first 3D-printed home is in its final stages. This two-bedroom, one-bathroom house features a green stucco exterior in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood. Citizen Robotics, the nonprofit organization responsible for this 1,000-square-foot family home, aims to complete construction by the end of the year and soon welcome its first homeowner.
This project has been in development for approximately three years. 3D printing started last October, according to the Citizen Robotics website. Similar initiatives are underway across the country, including the world’s largest 3D-printed neighborhood in Texas.
This 3D-printed house is accessible to all Detroit residents.
On their website, Citizen Robotics expressed their intention to consider the community’s needs when designing their first 3D-printed house. Their goal was not to create the most cutting-edge 3D-printed residence. But to demonstrate that a 3D-printed home is accessible to all Detroit residents. Bryan Cook, the architect behind Develop Architecture and also the president of the Detroit chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, designed this house.
The home was 3D-printed at Citizen Robotics’ facility in Southwest Detroit. Wall segments were printed at the same facility and later assembled on-site. A robotic arm systematically extruded layers of “cementitious 3D printable mortar” to create these components.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the project’s funding source, requires the house to be sold to a buyer with an income of 80% of the area median income (AMI). This translates to a family of three earning $68,240, with AMI being a regional metric established by the federal government.
Citizen Robotics has outlined various reasons for employing robotic technology in this construction project on its website. These include attracting and training young individuals in advanced construction methods, reducing construction costs, minimizing construction waste, enhancing disaster resilience, and more.
Although the house is not yet complete, it is currently listed for sale through Keller Williams, as indicated on their website.
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