3D Printer Builds Most Of New Habitat For Humanity Home In Tempe
Tempe, Habitat for Humanity and a European company are among those involved in the construction of a new three-bedroom home being mostly built with a 3D printer.
Officials said a family could live there as soon as October.
The 3D printer’s job is to make all internal and external walls, which are roughly 70% of the project underway near Broadway Road and Hardy Drive.
At a press event Wednesday, Mayor Corey Woods said the project matches up with Tempe’s reputation for innovation.
“And this 3D-printed home aligns perfectly with our goal to identify new solutions that accelerate the growth of affordable housing,” he said.
The printer belongs to the German-based company PERI, which officials say made one of Europe’s largest 3D-printed apartment buildings.
Printing started in May on Tempe-owned land Woods said will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, and the 3D-printed house is one of 16 new homes planned by Tempe and the housing nonprofit, which the city has a decades-long relationship with.
Tempe seeks solutions to an affordable housing shortage and wants to give people choices on where to live, said the mayor.
“For a young family, it could be being a first-time homeowner through Habitat for Humanity," Woods said.