3D-printed houses: Coming to a neighborhood near you?

  • An artistic interpretation

    Ioan Florea

    Romanian-American artist Ioan Florea built what he calls the first U.S. 3D printed home, though like the homes in China, it's hard to really call it a home as it's not really inhabitable yet. Unlike WinSun's designs though, Florea's isn't necessarily meant for the average family to call home, it's more of an artistic statement, he said. He was first inspired by seeing his neighbors in Romania create their own bricks out of clay to build their homes, he said. He uses a combination of a large, industrial 3D printer at German printer manufacturer Voxeljet and his own personal printer to assemble the 200-square-foot structure.

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