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French Family First in the World to Occupy 3D-printed Home

09 July 2018

In a show of how 3D printing might soon change the face of the construction industry, a family in France will be the first in the world to move into a 3D-printed home.

Located in Nantes, France, the five-member Ramdani family now occupy a four-bedroom, 3D-printed home that took less than two days to print (but with an additional four months to complete the roof, windows and doors of the house) at a cost of under $250,000 — meaning that the cost to construct such a home is 20 percent cheaper than traditional construction methods.

Francky Trichet, the city council of Nantes lead innovator, believes that 3D printing a home may soon become increasingly common, with major implications for the construction industry.

“For 2,000 years there hasn't been a change in the paradigm of the construction process. We wanted to sweep this whole construction process away. That's why I'm saying that we're at the start of a story. We've just written, 'Once upon a time.'”

For more on the home, watch the accompanying video.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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