These days buying or building a house can be both time consuming and expensive. Self build projects can run into months and even years before reaching completion and many often go way over budget.
A new Ukranian startup called PassivDom believe they have the answer to this problem. PassivDom have a specially designed robot that can print off the parts necessary to build small autonomous houses in about eight hours. The robot can’t print off everything with windows, doors and plumbing still needing to be added by a human worker but the capabilities of PassivDom’s robots are impressive nonetheless.
Another unique selling point of the PassivDom homes is that they are completely autonomous and mobile. This means that they can be moved around if needs be and when they’re based somewhere they don’t need to be connected to external plumbing or electrical systems. Solar panels collect energy that is then stored in batteries that are included in the house and the houses feature their own sewage systems and water filtration units to ensure you have a supply of safe drinking water.
The plans for the houses are mapped out using 3D design software and then printed out by PassivDom’s robot. The robot prints roof, floor and 20cm thick walls using carbon fibers, polyurethane, resins, basalt fibers and fiberglass. Extras including doors, windows, appliances, an alarm system, solar panels and the septic, electrical, heating andcooling systems are then added.
All in all PassivDom say they can complete a 380 square foot home in about 24 hours that’ll cost you just $31,900. There are other more complicated designs available as well as the possibility for custom builds but they’ll obviously take longer to build.
This article was originally published on May 16th 2017.