3D printing machines can build up to 40% of homes during the construction process and save money on labor costs, experts say.

Stringfield applied for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing program

April Stringfield has rented apartments since her early twenties, and often worked two to three jobs to make ends meet. Fueled by the desire to own a home, she applied for affordable housing provided by Habitat for Humanity. 

She and her teenage son just moved into their new, 1,200-square-feet-home in Williamsburg, Virginia, constructed with the help of a 3D printer. “It’s unbelievable,” Stringfield, 35, said. “It’s like a dream come true.”

Stringfield’s home was selected as the program’s first 3D printer model

Habitat for Humanity selected her home as its first 3D-printed project. Initiated between a partnership with Alquist, a 3D-printing construction company, it is the organization’s effort to confront the nation’s affordable housing crisis, which increased due to multiple factors including the heightened costs of materials during the pandemic and a booming demand on the housing market. Read more


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