From Blueprint to Home in Five Days: Kazakhstan Unveils Affordable 3D-Printed House

By: | June 12th, 2024

A groundbreaking project in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is showcasing the potential of 3D-printed construction for creating affordable housing. This innovative home, built in just five days, demonstrates significant cost savings compared to traditional methods.

Features and Design:

The one-story structure boasts a spacious layout of 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) and features ample natural light with large windows. Designed by BM Partners, the house was printed using a COBOD BOD2 3D printer, a leader in the field. COBOD’s printer has also been used for impressive projects like Europe’s largest data center.

Construction Method:

The COBOD 3D printer extrudes a cement-like mixture through a nozzle in layers. Given Almaty’s stringent seismic regulations, the team employed a robust cement-like mix to ensure the structure could endure local conditions and withstand earthquakes up to 7.0 on the Richter scale.

Interior Completion:

Once the walls were completed, human workers were brought in to install windows, doors, and necessary fixtures, including furniture. The entire project, from setting up the printer initially to completing the furniture installation, spanned two months. The interior covers an area of 100 square meters (1,076 square feet), all on one level, with a straightforward design that includes generous glass features and a spacious living room. The house currently serves as a showroom to demonstrate the potential of 3D-printed construction.

Cost and Affordability:

This project showcases a future where homes can be built quickly, affordably, and durably. The project cost approximately €20,500 (about US$21,800), significantly less than average construction expenses in the region.

This innovative initiative in Kazakhstan paves the way for a future where 3D-printed homes can provide a solution for affordable and sustainable housing worldwide.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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