When you can just make homes out of your plastic garbage, why “reduce, reuse, recycle”?
Although it might seem like a crazy notion, a Los Angeles-based firm using 3D printing is attempting to build homes in this manner.
The world’s first 3D printed “backyard studio,” created with recyclable plastic components, was unveiled by Azure in April.
And while the firm gets ready to expand its manufacturing line in the Los Angeles area of Culver City, its plastic-printed studios and auxiliary dwelling units (ADUs) are already available for presale.
Currently, whether it is a custom mix or pure concrete, most 3D printing home manufacturers employ concrete to build their homes.
By adopting a more sustainable strategy, Azure is bidding good-bye to this dull grey appearance.
… providing plastic that was previously destined for landfills or incineration a second chance.
The naturally waterproof plastic polymer, which is frequently used in plastic bottles and food packaging, will be used in more than 60% of Azure’s printing materials, the business claims.
Ross Maguire, who cofounded Azure to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of building, told Insider that it is presently collaborating with three vendors to find “post-industrial plastic” for its printing mix.
However, using post-consumer plastic is the plan going forward: “Our supply chain should never be short in our lifetime,” he stated.
The emerging 3D printing homebuilding sector has already been hailed as a more efficient and ecological construction technique, even without the usage of recycled plastic.
The majority of its supporters contend that by employing printers in place of workers, homes may be constructed more effectively while utilizing less waste, resources, and time.
And Azure won’t be any different: the business claims that by 3D printing the floor, roof, and walls of its models within its factory, it can create houses 70% faster and 30% cheaper than “conventional home construction techniques.”
And thanks to prefabrication, 99% of a unit’s finishing will be finished before it leaves Azure’s 10,000 square foot plant in Los Angeles, according to Maguire.
The only work required on-site when the home is brought in on a flatbed truck will be connecting it to its foundation and utilities.
There are now a number of adaptable models available in Azure, ranging from little studios to 900 square foot two-bedroom ADUs.
And you can pre-order these builds right now for delivery as early as November.
These units will all be prefabricated and constructed utilizing connectable modules that can each be printed in under a day, regardless of the model or size.
The smallest choice is the 120 square foot, $24,900 Sky Backyard Studio, which has a futuristic appearance. It may be used as a backyard office or gym.
A 3D-printed wall that flows and has rounded corners connects the floor to the ceiling. The studio then has glass walls on either side, giving it a crisp, contemporary appearance.
These studios can be printed in one day, wired in two, insulated in three, and then delivered on-site in two weeks because of their lower size, Maguire told Insider.
However, Azure also prints ADUs, which gained enormous popularity in 2020 if you’re searching for something more substantial.
ADUs increase the size of the primary residence by acting as Airbnbs or guest houses in the rear.
Azure’s is also available in a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom size.
These apartments range in size from 180 to 900 square feet.
Despite the fact that, according to local press sources, the cheapest $39,900 choice already has a three-month backlog.
A bedroom, living room, bathroom, and even a laundry facility are located inside the bigger constructions.
In contrast to the backyard studio, it is now offered in two variations.
The larger ADU has the same futuristic look as the backyard studio, while the smaller ADU has a more conventional design with a pointed roof (as illustrated below).
According to Maguire of Insider, the business had a “huge surge of preorders” when it unveiled the previous appearance.
He also thinks the business will sell more of these traditional-passing ADUs in the future.
Although Azure has another model in the works, it has only printed one so far.
However, the firm will get the last pieces of gear it requires next month to start deploying the manufacturing line.
… which should aid in addressing its “huge backlog of orders” that have already been taxing its one printer, according to Maguire.
However, one printer is insufficient considering the extent of its backlog: To buy a second or third printer, Azure is now holding a crowdfunding campaign and talking to venture capitalists about it.
Because of this, the ambitious real estate aspirations of the Los Angeles startup are just the beginning.
In collaboration with a real estate development firm, Azure will introduce a neighborhood of 14 3D printed prefabricated homes in California in December.
Additionally, the startup will start distributing bigger homes in 2024.
Azure may later look at printing dwellings for clients who are not already housed or who are located abroad.
… and in the future, if the business wishes to grow, you may see a manufacturing line for Azure similar to a pop-up shop nearby.
As the techniques, technology, and materials are improved, 3D printing should become a more effective method of construction, according to Maguire. As we go, “I can only see it becoming more and more prominent in [building].”