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A 3D Home in Record Time? What the Future Holds

March 16th, 2017 Comments off

The Apis For home. Credit: Metro.

The innovations in 3D printed homes continue at a break-neck pace. Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda, which printed a two-story villa that can reportedly withstand a magnitude eight earthquake, and PassivDom, a Ukrainian startup, has now come up with a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living.

And now, a San Francisco, California-based Apis Cor claims to have taken the process to a whole new level.

According to the Daily Mail, they unveiled a 400-square-foot house in a town outside of Moscow, Russia that was constructed using a mobile 3D printer.

In just 24 hours.

The Apis Cor technology printed walls, partitions, and other items, and appears to be the first company to develop a portable 3D printer able to print whole buildings entirely on location.

Construction took place in December 2016, and the company reports the materials used should last at least 175 years.


The home in progress. Credit: Daily Mail.

This project was selected specifically, as one of the main purposes of this construction is to demonstrate the flexibility of equipment and diversity of available forms,the company said in a statement.

A distinctive feature of the printer is its design, which is reminiscent of the tower crane, allowing the printer to execute the printing process of constructing the building both inside and outside.


The crane in action. Credit: Daily Mail.

Apis Cor says that this was the first time in the Russian construction that a house was printed as a whole, rather than assembled from pre-printed panels.

Impacts this Technology has upon the Manufactured Housing Industry?  

The company says that the cost for the model described above is $10,134. However,  buildings can be printed in various shapes and at a larger size, with the only restrictions on designs being the laws of physics.

When one of several mainstream news articles, reporting on that 10k figure, were shared with industry professionals with production connections, one source told MHProNews that “It could be a game changer and has the potential to eliminate thousands of manufactured housing factory jobs…. but that would be way down the road.”

The ramifications were shocking enough, that the source would only speak off the record.

There is a big ‘however,’ here.

Before investors, developers and others go bailing on manufactured housing, and stocks take a dump, there are likely several caveats to this report by Futurism and from others in the mainstream media that need to be properly understood,” said industry consultant and publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

We contacted the 3D producer directly, and they have yet to answer numerous questions that relate to interior finishes, what building codes this may or may not meet, total cost with all finish work, etc.  Because some in the mainstream media may not get it about all that goes into the total costs of a home, details like:

  • cabinetry,
  • flooring,
  • tape and texture,
  • electrical,
  • windows,
  • doors,
  • plumbing, etc.

they can easily be wowed by a claim – that when scrutized – doesn’t quite hold up. Think Jim Walters housing – shell homes sold at a lower price, but with signficant finish costs.”


Joe Dyton, for the Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Another example of a story that drew media hype – but was missing key details – was a report out of Europe covered for the Daily Business News by Joe Dyton.


Original photo credit, Inhabitat and provided under fair use guidelines. Text credit, MHProNews.

Click the image above for facts the original story in the mainstream media missed.  “These are examples of why the industry needs an independent trade media, one that does some digging,” Kovach said.

MHI was contacted about the topic above – and the broader issue of potentially disruptive technologies negatively impacting manufactured housing – and they had no comment.


Is MHI unprepared for issues that could disrupt the industry? Are they properly prepared to engage the mainstream media on topics that could at first blush seem to be harmful to manufactured housing interests? What lessons does the recent – and largely negative – NPR reporting hold for the industry at large, and what does it say about MHI’s engagement strategies? To learn more about such media and related questions – and what Frank Rolfe and other industry professionals have to say about them – click here.  MHARR has taken the position that the industry has a historic opportunity and can sell hundreds of thousands of homes a year, but must capitalize rapidly on opportunities that the Trump administration has made possible – to learn more about MHARR’s views, click here.  Pam Danner at HUD…is she one of those MH Industry roadblocks? For MHI award-winner Doug Gorman’s view on the Danner/HUD issue, click here. 

Possible Disruptions Are No Joke…

An association veteran told MHProNews that failing to adapt could result over time in manufactured housing’s associations becoming “the associations of mobile home remodelers.” It was a tongue-in-cheek way of saying – there would be widespread industry business failures, and that only remodeling work would be left – if the correct steps aren’t taken by members of the industry.

We are several years into our industry’s recovery. That’s good news.  But 3D, prefab, containers and tiny houses are all reminders that


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

manufactured housing producers and others can’t rest on their laurels,” Kovach said. “Manufactured housing is an amazing option, that’s highly sustainable, so long as we grow more rapidly towards our potential.  There is a high cost – and risk – to low volume sales, which is why we’ve repeatedly said that aiming for hundreds of thousands of new home sales a year in a sustainable way is a must.”

“Some companies are taking steps to grow in a responsible way.  That’s good news. But absent such growth,” Kovach cautions, “our source is sadly but likely correct – in the next 5 to 10 years perhaps, technologies are emerging that could disrupt the manufactured housing industry.  Communities, production, lending, retailing – it could all change unless more of the industry’s members and leaders take the proper steps, now.”

The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?

In several off-the-record comments by professionals with community, production, association, retailing and other industry interests, say that the industry needs to pay attention.

For more on 3D printed homes, including the story of The BigDelta, the world’s largest 3D printer and its year-long mission to print a mud house, click here. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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The Evolution of 3D Printed Homes?

March 4th, 2017 Comments off

Credit3DPrintedHousesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews589When it comes to 3D printed homes, companies around the world have been working to perfect the ideal system, including Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda, which printed a two-story villa that checks in at 4,305 square feet and can reportedly withstand a magnitude eight earthquake.

But PassivDom, a Ukrainian startup, is looking to revolutionize the housing market with its concept for a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living.

According to 3ders, the idea behind PassivDom was to create a compact, fully “passive” house, one that can be designed and built without external structures such as foundation, plumbing, and water tanks, and can exist autonomously and sustainably.


PassivDom model home. Credit: 3ders.

PassivDom says that their homes and can be deployed so quickly, that owners can apparently move in within a day of buying one of the houses.

The house incorporates a number of features that help to make it sustainable, including windows that are manufactured using a proprietary window technology that eliminates heat loss. The startup says that the homes are delivered to the desired site ready to live in, with furniture and appliances already installed and ready to go, including being connected for the “Internet of Things” (IoT) so that appliances can be controlled via smartphone.

The homes also come with a security system, a 40-year warranty, and a “self-learning micro-climate system,” that creates favorable conditions inside of the homes. This maintains the ideal temperature and humidity, monitors the oxygen and carbon dioxide content.


Credit: 3ders.

PassivDom says that this means the smart home can learn how to run the house, based on your preferences. The units can also be assembled together to build out a larger home if desired.

PassivDom homes are priced between €29,900 and €64,900 ($30,000 and $67,000 USD).

For more on the 3D printed home trend, including other designs from around the world, click here. ##


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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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3D Printed Home Can Withstand Magnitude 8 Earthquake

January 25th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Inhabitat.

A company in China claims to have taken 3D printed homes to a whole new level.

According to Inhabitat, Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda printed a two-story villa that checks in at 4,305 square feet.

And they say it’s durable enough to withstand an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale.

[This technology] will have immeasurable social benefits…because of its speed, low cost, simple and environmentally friendly raw materials, [it can] generally improve the quality of people’s lives,” the company said in a statement.

While HuaShang Tengda is not the first company in China to claim they’ve 3D-printed a house, they may be the first to have printed the entire home at once, rather than printing and then assembling pieces.

The company first constructed the home’s frame, including pipes. Then they used the large 3D printer to construct the house.

The process was controlled via a software that has four systems – one for what HuaShang Tengda calls “electronic ingredient formulating,” one for mixing the concrete, one for transmission, and one to 3D-print the structure.


Credit: Inhabitat.

The company says they envision their technology being used to build everything from homes for farmers in rural areas to high-rise buildings to houses in developing countries.

They also believe the new technology could spark a revolution in the housing industry as their 3D-printed homes can be built faster, and cheaper, than traditional dwellings.

The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?” ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Modular Skyscraper will be Highest

June 4th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a post we published Nov. 22, 2012 regarding the Broad Group’s proposal to construct the world’s tallest building, Beijing gave its approval for the modular project that will house over 30,000 residents, according to troymedia. Set for construction in Changsha, China, in the Hunan Province, the 220-story building, Sky City, will be completed in seven months. Two years ago the Broad Group made a video of the round-the-clock construction of a 30-story modular hotel in 15 days. As MHProNews reported Nov. 22, the 2,749-foot tall skyscraper will be built at the rate of five stories a day, and due to the use of more wood and less concrete and steel, the structure will withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Broad intends to license the technology and sell it to other countries.

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Micro Housing for the Masses

May 30th, 2013 Comments off

The 1984 video game Tetris has seemingly inspired a Beijing modular, micro-house made of a series of easy-to-assemble, stackable units, as mothernaturenetwork informs MHProNews. Furniture surfaces and envelopes for storage are part of the fiber-reinforced blocks when assembled into a unit, which includes bedroom, bathroom and office modules, interlock-able and all of which fit into a shipping container. More cross-shaped modular rooms can be added. The minimal dwelling is aimed at making private housing available for the general population.A prototype is on display in a Beijing park.

Image and photo credit top and bottom: Liu Lubin-Designboom/mothernaturenetwork)




U. S. Modular Firm Teams with Chinese Counterpart

April 12th, 2013 Comments off

As marketwire reports, Baltimore-based Algeco Scotsman has inked a joint venture agreement with Beijing Chengdong International Modular Housing Company, Ltd. Under the brand name Algeco Chengdong, the collaboration will produce, lease and sell modular housing solutions in China, which has emerging needs for flexible, onsite, temporary accommodations in the energy, natural resource, industrial, commercial and major event sectors. While Algeco will hold the majority interest in the venture, Chengdong has solid relationships with major Chinese construction and engineering firms, and is the second largest modular space provider in China with a strong presence in Beijing. As MHProNews reported here Feb. 13, 2013, Algeco Scotsman manages over 340,000 modular units worldwide with operations in 37 countries.

(Photo credit:–Chinese modular house)