Azure Printed Homes creates sustainable spaces with 3D printing and recycled plastics
First there were 3D printed prosthetics, machine parts and medical tools.
Now, 3D printing is making its mark in real estate.
Azure Printed Homes in Culver City is changing the way people buy and build homes with its 3D printed home layout to welcome the next dimension of living.
Azure Printed Homes was launched in 2019 by Ross Maguire and Gene Eidelman. The co-founders noticed that 3D printing was increasing in popularity in the construction space and saw a potential for 3D printing in home construction as a more sustainable way to build homes.
“We’re doing it in a (prefabricated) way where we can print in a factory where we’re able to print more of the structure and, in essence, speed up the process to another level by being able to print the walls, the floor, the roof and create an entire shell in that one day print,” Maguire said.
Azure uses recycled plastics in its printing material and, since plastics take centuries to properly break down, it creates a sturdy, sustainable building material that won’t degrade after a few years.
According to the company’s website, using 3D printing technology with recycled plastic materials allows the company to build structures 70% faster and 20% to 30% less expensive than current building methods.
“Our design allows us to maximize space by printing the exterior shell, which I’m convinced would normally take four or five days, but now it’s in a one-day print,” Maguire said.
Azure’s debut design is a Backyard Studio template that’s about 120 square feet, which can be used as a home office space, yoga room or gaming space.
Their second design, the ADU, starts at 360 square feet and can be used as a guest house or rental space similar to a studio bedroom.
The sloped edges on one side and accent wall on the opposite were a creative design move by Maguire and Eidelman to keep the structure from looking like a plain, boxy room in the backyard.
“We were trying to come up with a cool, modern and slick look while taking advantage of the fact that a printer can create all these weird and wonderful shapes so we didn’t want to create just some kind of square box,” Maguire said.
“We also have lots of ideas of future models and different ways of using the same concept of the same printer but just to create a different output.”
The Backyard Studio has multiple customizable options from interior finishes and wall choices to adding HVAC and solar panels.
Maguire said they plan to launch an online rendering program that can give a preview of what the designed space will look like when it’s built. The entire process from ordering to delivery takes about five days.
“Conceivably, people will be able to order on a Sunday and have it ready to be delivered by that Friday,” he said. “We come from being general contractors so we’re just trying to make it a lot faster, easier, less expensive and better for the environment than anything that has been done before.”
Azure’s facility in Los Angeles has one printer. Maguire said the facility is in the middle of being built up to be fully operational with three printers to be able to print three models each day.
He also said within the next year, the company plans to recreate the same production line and assembly process in multiple locations where they see demand for affordable and sustainable housing like Arizona, Texas and Florida. The company also wants to be a potential solution to affordable housing and homelessness issues.
“We’re planning to have small, micro-factories that will meet local demand and keep building from there,” Maguire said. “Creating affordable housing and a solution that will benefit the globe, both environmentally and socially from the fact that we’re creating these so quickly is the main message we want to get across.”
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