California Plans World's First 3D-Printed Housing Community, Powered by Solar and Tesla Batteries

California Plans World's First 3D-Printed Housing Community, Powered by Solar and Tesla Batteries

“Mighty Buildings is using robots and 3D printers to build a $15 million community of homes in California,” reports Business Insider:

Mighty Building’s upcoming project in Rancho Mirage, California will have the title of “world’s first planned community of 3D printed homes,” according to its maker… The tech-forward housing development will consist of 15 homes across five-acres. This $15 million project will be built using the Mighty Kit system, which utilizes prefabbed panels to create custom homes.

Through this system, gone are the days of concrete. Instead, the homes will be based on Mighty Building’s 3D printed proprietary Light Stone Material, which sets its shape upon UV light exposure, according to the company. The printers also rely on “robotic automation” and robotic arms, the latter for functions like quality control scans, Ruben told Insider in an email interview…

The 3D-printed homes won’t look any different than a traditionally constructed mid-century modern home. The 1,450 square-foot homes — which will be placed atop 10,000-square-foot plots of land — will come with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. If that’s not enough space, the homes will also have a separate 700-square-foot two-bed, one-bath unit. Looking to take advantage of the California sunshine? The backyard will feature a swimming pool and deck, but this outdoor space can be upgraded with hot tubs, firepits, or open-air showers…

The homes will be “zero-net-energy,” relying on solar and optional Tesla Powerwall batteries for power. Electric vehicle chargers also come optional.

This development should be completed next spring, reports Business Insider — adding that the company “is already in talks with a ‘number of developers’ for potential future communities.”

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