Dec 22, 2021 - Economy & Business

A 3D-printed home for the holidays

Alquist CEO Zachary Mannheimer with new homeowner April Stringfield and her son.
Alquist CEO Zachary Mannheimer with new homeowner April Stringfield and her son. Photo: Alquist

Habitat for Humanity handed over keys to its first 3D-printed home to a Virginia woman and her son on Tuesday.

Driving the news: The house in Williamsburg, Virginia, was built by a construction tech startup called Alquist, using a giant 3D printer.

  • It took just 28 hours to print the exterior walls of the 1,200-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home, shaving at least four weeks off standard construction methods.
  • It's the first home owned by April Stringfield, who invested 300 hours of sweat equity with Habitat to qualify.

The big picture: 3D-printing technology is transforming the homebuilding process to help solve an affordable housing crisis as well as a shortage of skilled labor and rising material costs.

  • Zachary Mannheimer founded Alquist in 2020 and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help solve the rural housing crisis.

Editors' note: This story has been corrected to reflect the amount of time it took to print portions of the Habitat for Humanity home. 

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