An ADU unit by Azure Printed Homes, whose design will form the basis for the company’s larger homes to be designed for Oasis Developments. Image via Azure Printed Homes.
California-based Azure Printed Homes has announced intentions to construct 14 prefabricated 3D printed homes using recycled plastic. The homes will form part of a new housing development in Ridgecrest, California, led by Oasis Development.
The project will build on Azure’s existing production of backyard studios and ADUs, which it produces from its factory in Culver City, CA. The company claims that 3D printing their ADUs and studios from recycled plastic allows them to build the units 70% faster and with 30% fewer costs than traditional home construction methods.
“We have created production efficiencies not only by capitalizing on the advances in 3D printing but by creating a design and process that is completed in only 12 hours,” says Ross Maguire, a co-founder of Azure. “When compared with conventional construction, we produce the entire structural skeleton, the exterior sheathing, the water control barrier, the exterior finish, the passageways for utilities, and the grounding for interior finishes in a fraction of the time and cost.”
Azure is currently taking pre-orders for ADUs and studios and is expected to deliver the fourteen homes for Oasis’ Ridgecrest development in September 2022.
The project is the latest in a series of recent developments in the 3D printed architecture space. In Virginia, Habitat for Humanity has recently announced the completion of its first 3D printed home in the United States, while the company’s 3D printed housing project in Tempe, Arizona was the subject of a recent Archinect feature which took a deep-dive into the process of designing and constructing a 3D printed house.
Elsewhere, BIG and ICON have teamed up to deliver a 100-home neighborhood using 3D printed methods in Austin, Texas, while the world’s first 3D printed raw earth house was showcased at COP26 in October of last year.