Builders are always looking for more creative ways to construct buildings. Although 3D printers can be used to print a whole host of things ranging from firearms to toys, no one has attempted to build a house with a printer. How long would something like that possibly take?
Strictly for hypothetical sake, this “modular house” would need to be built out of plastic 3D printed bricks. The real estate blog Movoto decided to run some numbers to calculate how long it would take to print out a house or building out of 3D bricks. They based their numbers on the popular Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer and set the size of the bricks at 8 x 3.5 x 2.75 inches. Bricks are solid, thus it takes significantly longer to print than hollow objects; each brick takes close to 3 days. So a single family home with 2,500 square feet would take over 220 years to print and cost well over $300k in plastic to print.
So it is probably safe to say that 3D printers won’t revolutionize the construction industry, but it is certainly a unique observation about 3D printers. Do you want to see how long it would take to print your home or office? The calculator above just requires a few numbers to give you the cost and time for printing.