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Japanese company 3D-prints spherical house in less than a day
Serendix Partners, a Japanese company, has succeeded in 3D printing a house in under a day. The incredible feat of printing a house promises to be at a lower cost than initially expected.
In March of 2022, the Nipponese company managed to build a home in less than 24 hours and for less than 3 million yen (which is roughly $25,358). Granted, the home is a pod residence, which has been referred to as the “Sphere” and is currently the first 3D-printed house in the nation.
Serendix printed the pod-like home at one of the Japanese factories of Hyakunen Jutaku, a residential construction enterprise where people can also ask for high-quality building inspections.
The Sphere was designed by renowned architect Masayuki Sono and its design uses a 20-metric ton reinforced concrete frame. With just over 107.64 square feet, the construction is allegedly exempt from Japan’s building regulations.
The 3-D printer ran for 23 hours and 12 minutes to build the Sphere and still, it supposedly meets local earthquake standards as well as European insulation standards.
What’s even more amazing is that Serendix is aiming to shorten the Sphere’s construction time even more. We’ll just have to wait and see if these pods are appealing to regular customers, in a society that already uses these contraptions for overnight stays in major cities, or if they will solely work as camping sites, disaster relocation shelters, or even vacation homes.