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Sat Jun 25, 2022, 04:30 PM

Virginia's first 3D-printed home unveiled in Richmond's southside

Richmondís first home built with a 3D printer was unveiled on the cityís southside.

The three-bed, two-bath home on Carnation Street was revealed to the community on Thursday.

Instead of lumber, the exterior walls were made of concrete that was printed. The process took about 15 hours but required less labor and few materials.

The hope is to build more of these and make housing more affordable.

https://www.nbc12.com/2022/06/24/virginias-first-3d-printed-home-unveiled-richmonds-southside/

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Reply Virginia's first 3D-printed home unveiled in Richmond's southside (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA Jun 2022 OP
3catwoman3 Jun 2022 #1
Jilly_in_VA Jun 2022 #5
twodogsbarking Jun 2022 #2
IcyPeas Jun 2022 #3
twodogsbarking Jun 2022 #6
relayerbob Jun 2022 #4

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Jun 25, 2022, 04:46 PM

1. Interesting idea but the outside walls are...

...kinda messy looking - rather like the coiled clay dishes you made for your parents in kindergarten.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 26, 2022, 08:44 AM

5. I thought

that was before they were finished. That was the initial printing. You can always put a finish coat of concrete over the top if you wanted, like stucco. But I thought it looked kind of neat. Concrete houses are common in other parts of the world.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Jun 25, 2022, 04:56 PM

2. I see 3D-printed interstate motels in our future. Will we even notice.

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Sat Jun 25, 2022, 05:01 PM

3. interesting. how would it (the concrete) hold up in an earthquake I wonder.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 26, 2022, 01:05 PM

6. Excellent question. Especially if you go for more stories.

Sounds like a possible new disaster movie.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Jun 25, 2022, 05:39 PM

4. Love the idea, but they could have made it look nice

Rather than a sloppy mess. Great marketing skills, there.

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