Building the future of Iowa's affordable housing with a 3D printer
Homes built with a 3D printer could alleviate Iowa's affordable housing gaps and help rejuvenate rural areas, Zach Mannheimer of 3D housing company Alquist told Axios.
Driving the news: Mannheimer's company is planning to build a 3D-printed home in Stanton, Iowa, next year.
Why it matters: Central Iowa is facing a shortage of tens of thousands of new housing units over the next few decades, according to a DSM study from 2018.
- A lack of affordable digs jeopardizes employment growth, the study found.
- Alquist built the walls of a nearly 1,600-square-foot home in Virginia in 15 hours.
How it works: The printer is programmed to lay wet concrete used to construct homes.
- Fewer materials like wood and steel are needed, which helps drive down costs.
What's ahead: Alquist and its partners plan to print more than 100 homes in the next year, including the one in Iowa.
- There are no immediate plans for the company to build 3D-printed homes in the Des Moines metro, but the company is willing to share its expertise with other builders interested in the concept, Mannheimer told Axios.
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