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Architect plans 3-D printed, two-story home in Minnesota


Andrey Rudenko wants to print a house.

He wants it to be two stories, he tells, a 10-by-15-meter home (including insulation and plumbing) constructed with the emerging technology that is 3-D printers.

If everything goes as planned, he'll hit the start button this summer, right here in Minnesota.

"My current focus is building well-insulated small or medium-sized homes of a contemporary design, definitely onsite," Rudenko tells "As an experienced builder, I know that to avoid problems in the future, it is more important to produce homes of a good quality, which may take longer to build than cheaper homes made quickly."

Rudenko is referencing the world's first 3-D printed houses, which were constructed in Shanghai, inhabitat reported. Those houses were each printed in 24 hours, for a cost of $4,800 apiece. They're not huge – each 2,100-square-foot abode looks more like a large standalone studio apartment than a house – but they're the first such homes. Inhabitat notes the basic components were printed off-site, then brought in and pieced together. notes the Chinese houses don't contain wiring or plumbing. The goal for Rudenko is to actually print his project on-site, with all those necessary components.

You can see his printer in action here, constructing a section of a wall with a window cut-out.

The current biggest obstacles he tells he faces: There isn't mention of a 3-D printed house being acceptable in Minnesota's building code, which could mean some legal maneuvering has to be done. And he's still trying to figure out the right settings for the cement pump, so it will harden by the time the machine comes back around and squirts out another layer (something that will be even more difficult when working outside in the hot sun).

In Amsterdam, one company is amping up the ambition.

3D Print Canal House is building the world's first full-size 3-D printed house – 13 rooms, right on the water and in the style of a traditional canal house. The group is using a machine called the Kamermaker to print large, plastic blocks that will then be stacked to create the final project. It's expected to take three years.

Mother nature network says it started work in March, and a month later "a single 10-foot corner segment of the structure weighing nearly 400 pounds had been printed, layer by layer, and installed at the build site." The company's goal is to use a renewable, sustainable material that can supplant (or at least compete with) current construction methods, MNN writes.

The project has gained plenty of worldwide attention.

How far Rudenko gets in Minnesota, we'll find out soon enough.

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