3D Printed construction, something few thought would ever be scalable is beginning to find its way into mainstream housing construction.
There’s been a flurry of activity in the construction 3D printing sector, as prefab producer Mighty Buildings, education non-profit Thinking Huts, and Floridian start-up Printed Farms have all made progress within their printed building businesses.
Mighty Buildings has raised $40 million via a Series B funding round led by Khosla Ventures and Zeno Ventures. The funds will be used to accelerate its growth and expand its team. Elsewhere, Thinking Huts has partnered with architecture firm Studio Mortazavi to design a lifesize 3D printed school, which it aims to open in Madagascar later this year.
Printed Farms, meanwhile, has utilized Danish manufacturer COBOD’s construction 3D printer to erect Florida’s first fully-fabricated building. According to Printed Farms Co-Founder Fredrik Wannius, COBOD’s latest system could be disruptive within the construction sector by dramatically reducing costs and lead times.
“The construction industry is the world’s largest industry and one that has not been impacted by a technology revolution,” said Wannius. “Using COBOD’s 3D technology and BluePrintz, our innovative building method, we are aiming to significantly reduce the cost of building, and getting ready to put the system in the hands of contractors.”
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