Construction 3D printing company Apis Cor has entered into several new partnerships that will allow it to deploy its construction 3D printing technology to meet affordable housing needs in the United States.
The company is working with Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing SMASH, a community housing justice land trust, to 3D print affordable homes in Miami-Dade County, South Florida, and with Eden Village Wilmington to create small, low-cost homes for the chronically homeless in North Carolina.
“Affordable housing is a complex issue and it differs from city to city and state to state,” said Anna Cheniuntai, CEO and co-founder of Apis Cor. “We know that 3D printing technology can be adapted to meet a wide range of needs, environments and specific building design and cost requirements. We have created a cooperative program to innovate and develop the construction of affordable 3D printed houses in order to contribute to society.
Apis Cor’s construction 3D printing technology
Specialized in the development of 3D printing technologies for construction, Apis Cor’s offer largely revolves around its “Frank” mobile 3D printer, which can print buildings up to three stories high with a ” unlimited area”.
The printer is complemented by the company’s “Gary” mixing and pumping unit and its “Mary” material delivery system, and the company has leveraged its various technologies to build several proof-of-concept structures.
In October last year, the company announced plans to 3D print a luxury home on America’s Space Coast that is to list on the housing market for $750,000, and also opened its first retail space. exhibition of 3D printed houses in Florida where she will present her technology. and attract new customers.
Earlier this year, Apis Cor received Regulation A+ qualification from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to offer its shares to the public in the United States for the first time. The company could raise up to $75 million over the next year through stock sales as it seeks to further commercialize its technologies.
3D printing of affordable housing
The first of Apis Cor’s new partnerships will see the company work with SMASH to demonstrate the viability of 3D printing homes in South Florida. The partners seek to meet the demand for affordable housing in Miami-Dade County by deploying Apis Cor’s 3D printing technologies.
“In a market where land is prohibitively expensive like Miami, and where funds for housing production are limited, 3D printing technology offers the kind of market disruption that could finally provide conscious builders with the means to to meet the extraordinary demand for affordable housing in the county,” said Adrian Alberto Madriz, Executive Director of SMASH-Miami.
With Apis Cor’s additive manufacturing technology claiming to save up to 30% over the cost of conventional construction methods in the US for new homes, the system is expected to reduce shipping costs, installation times and improve print speeds.
“Partnering with SMASH gives us the opportunity to push our technology and materials in new ways,” Cheniuntai said. “Because Miami is in a high-velocity hurricane path, we are exploring how 3D printing technology can be adapted to meet specific construction, design, and cost requirements.
“Before we 3D print the first home with SMASH in 2023, we will have planned out every detail, achieved the desired price for each build, and secured county approvals.”
The company is carrying out the project as part of its Affordable Housing Cooperative Program (AHCP), through which it seeks to work with nonprofits and affordable housing companies to build 3D-printed homes.
Alongside its AHCP partners, Apis Cor hopes to design specification homes that meet an organization’s distinct requirements for price, square footage, floor plan and finishes, before bringing the designs to life through its system. building 3D printing.
“As a non-profit, worker-owned cooperative, we will be able to employ an organized workforce in the production of state-of-the-art, resilient, quality housing at a cost far below conventional methods,” Madriz added.
Provide housing for the homeless
Apis Cor’s second partnership under the AHCP is with Eden Village Wilmington, a small 31-unit community for the chronically homeless. The two partners will work together to 3D print tiny homes that meet the nonprofit’s goals and specifications and provide permanent residence for homeless people in the Wilmington area.
“We believe Apis Cor’s 3D printing technology is the future of construction,” said Thomas Dalton, co-founder of Eden Village Wilmington. “Working with Apis Cor to design and develop a 3D printed house that can be replicated helps provide a private home for someone in great need. We can build houses faster, cheaper and with less waste.
“In addition, 3D printing opens horizons for alternative and environmentally friendly materials.”
Eden Village is designed to provide permanent, lifetime housing for homeless people in the area, including patients from a nearby hospital who are battling chronic illnesses. To improve their treatment results, these patients need stable living conditions and have been chosen specifically for Eden Village to ensure their personal success.
“Eden Village knows exactly what they need to build – from floor plan to finishes,” Cheniuntai said. “We design the look and feel of their tiny homes that are 3D printed inside and out. Together we come up with a long-term action plan and roadmap to 3D print an entire village .
Cheniuntai will participate in the upcoming 3D printing industry webinar “Exploring the Emerging 3D Printing Construction Industry” hosted by Journalist Paul Hanaphy. Cheniuntai will be joined by Ibon Iribar from CEMEX Ventures and William Varah from the UK Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) to discuss the benefits, challenges and opportunities of deploying 3D printing in the construction sector. Be sure to register for the event, which takes place on Thursday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. BST.
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Featured image shows Apis Cor’s technology was previously used to 3D print a house in Stupino. Photo via ApisCor.