Can 3D Printing Solve the Housing Problem?

Housing supply and affordability has been a major crisis in developed and developing countries alike, and the situation is worsening. 3D printing might solve the problem.

Episode Summary:

Housing affordability all over the world has been closely tied to traditional supply and demand equilibria. Nations with growing economies and growing populations need more housing, yet the combination of cost, land availability, regulatory and environmental considerations has resulted in a significant lag between the time that housing is needed in the time that it is built. In America, Freddie Mac has reported that the housing deficit in America increased 52% between 2018 and 2020. One solution to the problem may be 3D printing, with a new generation of very large footprint machines which in the future may collapse the cost of new housing while simultaneously increasing build speed. 

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Written by

James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.