• Matt Weber

Homes Built by Robots


According to a new press release, to help solve a crisis in "affordable housing," SQ4D Inc. (SQ4D) has listed for sale the first 3D printed home in the United States. This residential property, printed on site using SQ4D's Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS), is the first 3D printed home slated to receive a certificate of occupancy and is listed on MLS for sale as new construction for $299,999.

Find the listing here: https://www.zillow.com/homes/34-Millbrook-Ln-Riverhead,-NY,-11901_rb/2075583035_zpid/ The 3D printed home will feature over 1,400 square feet of living space, plus a 750 square foot 2 ½ car garage on a ¼ acre. This home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and features an open floor plan. Built with concrete, this home will deliver strength and durability that conventional wood-frame construction cannot match. SQ4D will be including a 50-year limited warranty on their 3D printed structures.

SQ4D developed its patent pending ARCS technology to robotically build the footings, foundations, interior and exterior walls on site of their homes. SQ4D's proprietary hardware and software enables the construction site to be safer while creating eco-friendly concrete homes compared to traditional wood-frame construction at a fraction of the cost. Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis

According to the press release, SQ4D's 3D printing technology "can drive a lasting solution to this crisis by drastically reducing the cost of new home construction." Stephen King of Realty Connect, the Zillow Premier agent who has the listing, said, "At $299,999, this home is priced 50% below the cost of comparable newly-constructed homes in Riverhead, NY and represents a major step towards addressing the affordable housing crisis plaguing long island." learn more at www.sq4d.com.

Editor's Note: Does $300,000 strike anyone else as a very expensive home to combat a crisis in "affordable housing?" I suppose they mean a crisis in real estate sales, because if they were truly referring to a crisis of sheltering people, it would seem to make more sense to build housing in more affordable areas of the USA where a $299,999 home is NOT priced 50% below the cost of comparable new homes. So, while I think this new building technology is nifty, I question the use of the terms "affordable housing" in this context, and I think most of America would agree with me. - Matt Weber

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