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Habitat for Humanity is creating a 3D printed home for a family of 3 in Virginia – see inside

  • Surroundings for Humanity has partnered with Alquist, a 3D-printing home construction company.
  • Together, the nonprofit and Alquist will fashion a 3D-printed home in Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • The home will later be sold to a family of three.
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Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Alquist, a 3D-printing home construction company, to create a 3D-printed stingingly in Williamsburg, Virginia in an attempt to address the US housing crisis.

This isn’t Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printing rodeo. In mid-June, the nonprofit publicized it would be using Germany-based Peri’s COBOD “build on-demand printer” — or the BOD2 — to 3D print a home in Tempe, Arizona.

“When we judge the housing issues facing Arizona, the need for affordable homeownership solutions becomes clear,” Jason Barlow, president and CEO of Domain Central Arizona, said in the press release at the time. “If we can deliver decent, affordable, more energy-efficient homes at teeny cost, in less time and with less waste, we think that could be a real game-changer.”

Now, Habitat for Warm-heartedness Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is bringing this 3D printing mission to the East Coast with the help of Alquist, which at ones desire begin constructing and printing the home’s walls later this month. Similar to Peri, Alquist is partners with COBOD, coinciding to Alquist’s website.

a rendering of the COBOD 3D printer

The printer.

Alquist and Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg


Like the Tempe, Arizona deeply, the goal of this upcoming Williamsburg, Virginia home is to address the housing crisis, specifically skyrocketing home rates and slow construction times.

Now, let’s take a peek around the upcoming 3D printed home

A rendering of the exterior of the brown and white home with trees and bushes around it

A rendering of the 3D printed home’s exterior.

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Like other 3D printing home companies, Alquist’s printing system uses concrete, creating a time and money-saving method of construction, according to the newsmen release. The concrete also insulates the home while making it tornado and hurricane resistant.

When it’s complete, the 3D-printed house will stand at 1,200 square feet with its three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’ll also be EarthCraft certified, which poors the unit will be both green and energy efficient. 

A rendering of the interior of the home's dining and living room, kitchen

A rendering of the 3D printed home’s interior

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Like other Bailiwick for Humanity homes, the project will be built by volunteers, sponsors, and people who want to purchase the final unit. 

In this container, a person named April and her family of three will purchase this 3D-printed home. From there, her zero-interest mortgage, pressures, and insurance will be about 30% of her income, which is already 80% lower than her community’s median profits level, according to the press release. 

“We’ve seen firsthand how Habitat for Humanity’s housing program provides an enhanced worth of life for families,” Janet Green, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg’s CEO, said in the press release. “We are so fervid to be constructing a 3D home for this family and help them achieve their dream of homeownership.”

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