3D printing a house costs less. Way less. It takes less time. Astonishingly less. And it wastes practically nothing

A 3D-printed home may be the answer to your dreams. It answers ours – which is to end the housing crisis in Canada. 

A Dream Home. For many, that’s what a home is. A dream.

But dreams, like our ideal houses, are often out of reach. 

And the dream is being realized. 

The Housing Solution

The housing crisis has plagued all regions of our country for too long. We’ve witnessed the problem grow, not shrink with time. This is a problem, and the challenge of housing affordability is one we intend to help solve.

 

3D printing offers viable answers to the myriad problems that the crisis presents:

Affordability and Sustainability

 

Design Freedom at No Extra Cost

 

Strength, Dexterity and Longevity

 

Tune-able Thermal Performance

 

Naturally Carbon Conscious

3DPHC’s commitment is to Canada. Public and private partnerships will lay the groundwork for eradicating our country’s homelessness. Collectively, we can reduce the price of entry to the point where nearly all Canadians will be able to afford safe, comfortable housing. 

Our goal is to ensure that all Canadians have a safe place to call home. 

 

When we compare what we do to traditionally built homes, the benefits of a 3D-printed home are jaw dropping. It’s exciting. It’s hard to explain any of it without a flurry of energetic expletives. 

 

Constructing a 3D-printed house is safer, faster, and costs less.

BETTER is a big, vague commitment. We know. Let’s break it down:

3DPHC homes are SAFER. 

3DPHC’s print material chemistry partner is already making a wallboard replacement for Gyproc that is rated fireproof and flood-safe. With the interior walls also printed in that material, the whole structure becomes dramatically more fire-safe than anything else currently available.

With the changing climate, the strength and regularity of storms is growing. This demands stronger building techniques. 3DPHC structures are built of monolithic concrete. They are robust and heavy. They will be far more storm resilient than stick built houses.

 

Picture a job site where the construction workers carry tablets. Not tool belts. The build itself is exponentially safer than a typical construction site. Far less chance of job site injuries is no small matter.
 

3DPHC homes are SUSTAINABLE. 

A concrete home is inherently resistant to UV rays and sun degradation. 

 

Because we will not use Portland Cement in our formula, but instead a specialized material chemistry, we have significantly lowered the carbon footprint when compared to a similar concrete structure.  “Lower carbon footprint” is actually a disservice. We mean really low.
 

Seriously. Not just carbon neutral. There is an opportunity to reach carbon negative! 
That’s . . .well . . . that’s groundbreaking.  

 

Next to no waste is produced. The material needed for the project is precise. No off-cuts or wastage. A savings to the environment and to the bank book. It also relieves builders from being handcuffed to retail

6”-based measurements to avoid wastage.  

 

It holds up. A 3D-printed home should last at least 300 years. Probably a lot longer. 
 

3DPHC homes allow wider DESIGN POSSIBILITIES. 

3D-printed homes can be rectilinear, just as most traditional homes are. There’s nothing wrong with that. But an arc, curve, bow or orb is just as feasible. It isn’t a flat material. And it’s strong. The only real limits to design are the imaginations of the designers. 

 

Three flat walls and a front facing orb wall give a smaller space a grander appearance as the eye scans from left to right and right to left. The result is a feeling of greater comfort and more room, without affecting the bottom line.
 

FASTER. We’re not talking 0-60, although it might feel that way. We’re talking about build time. It’s so fast you can sit and watch it get done – there may be better ways to spend your time, though. Here’s our breakdown:

A two-storey house in Belgium was printed in 26 hours.  We aren’t promising that speed, but the technology can allow it. We can promise that it’ll be done exponentially (we use that word a lot) faster than traditional construction. 

 

Speed means less intrusiveness on neighbours and neighbouring communities. A shorter build window means a project can possibly start later in the season. 

 

Quicker construction means land is vacant and straining capital for far less time. Of course, this adds up to an even greater financial savings. 

LOWER COST is simple. It’s straight-up more affordable. Lower cost isn’t subjective, just pure numbers and objectivity. Here’s our breakdown:

As we’ve already covered, materials aren’t wasted. No cost is added for cut-offs or overage. Unending trips to the landfill are history. Those savings alone are huge.

 

Labor is minimal. Astonishingly minimal. Typical construction rates calculate 30-50% of the home cost as labor. We’ll let you think about that. 

 

If an affordable housing project has a budget of $10 million and 30-50% of the construction cost can be cut, just imagine how the unused capital from that budget could be invested in the community. 

 

Whether you call it cheap or more affordable, we’re not fussed. We think you’ll agree that saving up to half of the expected cost is enough to question why you would pursue anything but 3D printing – even without the endless other benefits.
 

 

The Team at 3D Printed Homes Corporation

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ED MACNAB

Director

CEO

The breadth and depth of Ed’s background is unparalleled. His career has woven itself so fluidly between the construction industry, management, IT, and venture capital as well as skunkworks management, it’s hard to believe he hadn’t deliberately compiled the experience specifically in preparation for the arrival of 3DPHC. If he did, we’ll have to add clairvoyant to the boundless list of his skills. From an early career of hands-on construction to an array of successful management positions spanning design, service, production and technology, Ed has lent his unique complement of talents to both multinational enterprise and small business, to long-established corporations and booming startups. His aptitude for deft guidance helps steer the company through what are truly unchartered waters. 

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GARY TRASOFF

Director

Machine Systems

As an electronics technician, Gary brings over a decade and a half of wisdom. Every avenue of the field from repair to maintenance and research to design has benefited from his intuitive mindset. Someone who has worked on off-shore installation understands intricacies and how to work with them. They know, with nearly instinctive adroitness, how to handle the unexpected. Gary certainly does. He has overseen and overcome land-based, off-shore, equipment, service and maintenance challenges in North America and abroad. 3DPHC’s good fortune is further gilded by Gary’s invigorating energy in the face of new opportunity. 

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FRANK OSSM

Director

Lead Designer

3DPHC is built on a foundation of deep diversity. The path to founding the company is illustrated perfectly through Frank’s own history. Frank’s experience is not just abundantly varied, but intricate. His proficiency in the fields of hospitality, logistics, manufacturing and design are an indication of the detail that Frank takes into consideration in anything fortunate enough to have his involvement. The knowledge he has amassed in the function and design aspects of 3D printing is as impressive as the technology itself. It isn’t just the skill sets he brings to 3DPHC that make him an incomparably valuable asset to the team. His steadfast commitment and determination to solving the planet’s mounting housing crisis through the agility of 3D printing habitable structures are constant reminders of the company’s mandate.  

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DAVID POCOCK

Director

Materials & Construction 

If there’s someone who understands how to manage an operation and how to deliver the best option available in any situation, it’s someone who’s served in the Canadian Forces. David fits that description perfectly. In keeping with the incredible range of experience within 3DPHC, David’s work history doesn’t end there. The ski industry and the oil patch had both seen the benefit of his influence. In 40 years he’s worked in a phalanx of facets of the oil industry, sustained continued praise as general contractor to an array of institutions, established himself as a materials testing technician of note and asserted intelligent control as a construction manager. The flexibility of 3D printing is practically the only thing David hasn’t witnessed in his past roles. 3DPHC is fortunate not only to have the expertise borne of four decades but also his capacity for level-headed forward thinking. 

 
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Calgary, Alberta

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