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Habitat for Humanity builds first 3-D printed home in Tempe

Habitat for Humanity unveiled its progress on a 3D-printed home in Tempe on Wednesday, the first of its kind for the nonprofit in the country. The organization says this could be a possible solution to the lack of affordable housing in the Valley.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family home was built on a lot near Broadway Road and Roosevelt Street that was purchased from Tempe. Its livable space is 1,738 square feet while the total project is 2,433 square feet.

Between 70% and 80% of the home is 3D printed. The remainder is a traditional build. PERI, a company based in Germany, provided its 3-D printer for the project, shipping it to the U.S. in March before printing began in May. The company says it built Germany’s first 3D-printed house in 2020 and Europe’s largest 3D-printed apartment building. 

“The 3D printing project in Tempe is now continuing this success story in the USA,” PERI managing director Thomas Imbacher said in a news release.

“We’ve got the first 3-D printed house in the United States that a family is going to live in, that is fully approved by municipality, the electrical and plumbing are all in the walls, which is up to American standards,” said Paul Mooney with JD Construction. “But even beyond that…it’s just going to be absolutely stunning. It’s going to be the most stunning 3-D printed house in the world.”

The project has been in the works for more than 18 months and is expected to be completed around September or October. The family could move into the home as soon as October.

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