Tiny houses are made on a 3D printer from recyclable plastic

The “little house” is having a serious time. Residents of an over-complicated world are drawn to the simplicity and style of these minimal dwellings, many of which are available off-the-shelf or via pre-made kits reminiscent of the days when you could command your entire property. out of catalog. A tiny home startup is attracting attention for its distinctive business model, which uses recycled plastic to create super-sleek prefab homes. Read on to find out how it works.

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Sustainability is a big buzzword in the construction industry, and Azure, an architectural startup based in Los Angeles, is taking it to the next level: the company is using recycled plastic in 3D printers to create tiny prefab homes. The models available range from studios to two-room apartments. “The construction sector is the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, responsible for approximately 11% of total global carbon emissions. Our responsibility to our customers and future generations is to use the most sustainable practices imaginable,” said Ross Maguire, CEO of Azure, during the introduction of the world’s first 3D printing studio made with recycled plastic in last April. He added, “We’ve created production efficiencies not only by capitalizing on advances in 3D printing, but by creating a design and process that is completed in just 20 hours.”

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3D printed structures range from small studios (commonly known as sheds) to large spaces classified as secondary suites, or ADUs, i.e. a secondary home or apartment located on the lot of a larger main house. Azure claims to build homes 70% faster and 30% cheaper than traditional home building methods like wood or concrete. More than 60% of each structure must be printed from the plastic polymer traditionally found in plastic bottles and food packaging. “Our supply chain should never be short in our lifetime,” Maguire recently told Insider.

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The designs featured on the Azure website are sleek, curvy versions of mid-century modern architecture, a far cry from the traditional wooden garden shed. The smallest model is a studio; the largest is a 900-square-foot two-bedroom. All are designed to be 3D printed in less than 24 hours and arrive on site, ready to use, via flatbed truck. The first houses should be available for delivery in mid-November.

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The smallest model – a 120 square foot backyard studio, designed for a home office or gym – costs $24,900. A 180-square-foot studio (good for a spare bedroom or Airbnb) costs $39,900 and currently has a three-month waiting list.

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The company plans to build homes even larger than two bedrooms by 2024. “3D printing is a more efficient way to build and it should only get better as we develop the processes, technology and the materials,” Maguire said. Initiated. “I can only see it becoming more and more important in [construction] as we move forward.”

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