Design Engineering

Building a 500-square-foot home in under 12 hours

By DE Staff   

Additive Manufacturing

New York-based firm says its industrial scale ARCS printer consumes as much power as a hair dryer.

Patchogue, NY-based 3D printer maker, S-Squared 3D Printers Inc., announced that its Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS), has built the world’s largest 3D printed home (500 square feet) in less than 12 hours.

ARCS is a patent pending technology that allows multiple machines to work together to create a home with little or no human assistance, the company says. The system uses a proprietary low-power consumption technology that makes its power consumption about the same as a standard hair dryer. Furthermore, less than ten gallons of fuel is needed for the entire task.

According to S-Squared, its ARCS technology for 3D printing homes is up to thirty times faster than traditional construction. The system is capable of printing cement structures ranging from 500 square feet to over 1 million square feet, the company says, and are mold, fire and severe weather resistant. The system takes an estimated six hours to set up. Furthermore, the buildings created with ARCS are said to have a structural integrity that can last a century and require little maintenance.



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