AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunconomy LLC, an Austin, TX-based residential building company, and Forge New, a San Francisco, CA-based residential development company, have partnered to introduce We Print Houses, an industry-changing all-in-one 3D printed home technology system that can be licensed by builders and contractors across the country. The system, which is the first 3D home printing system able to get permits in the U.S., includes a mobile platform and all the corresponding mechanical systems needed to construct 3D printed homes that are exponentially more time efficient, waste reducing and disaster resistant than traditionally built homes.
The We Print Houses system combines the agility and complexity of traditional home building with the precision and speed of robotic “ink jet” technology, producing complex design-driven homes faster, stronger and smarter. The system, which includes a highly maneuverable mobile platform outfitted with a proprietary printer head, “prints” entire houses with hydrophobic, self-binding geopolymer cement, eliminating the need for in-demand subcontracting crews that often contribute to extensive labor costs and delays. The system constructs homes in a matter of days without the need for specialists such as brick layers, dry wall installers, roofers, carpenters, and their colleagues.
“We have assembled a completely mobile 3D home printing system that any builder or contractor can master in a matter of weeks, and it will completely change their business model,” said Larry Haines, Founder of We Print Houses. “This system immediately removes the common pitfalls of traditional home building – labor shortages, materials waste, construction time – and rewards you with time and more durable and efficient homes.”
The first 25 licensees will be eligible for a territory exclusive license to the We Print Houses system, enabling them to get a jump start on the building technology in their region. In addition to the complete mobile 3D concrete printing system, which can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States within 120 days, each licensee will receive on-site training at We Print Houses’ construction sites, equipment certification, bi-annual site visits and ongoing marketing support. We Print Houses licensees will also have access to a portfolio of home plans designed by the company’s own architects to meet International Building Code and to feature disaster-resistant details such as curved walls, buttressed ends, roofs that lie below the roofline, stronger concrete, and houses that are more energy efficient and have a lower cost of maintenance. Coupled with the geopolymer cement structure, We Print Houses homes withstand nature’s brute forces of fire, hurricane and tornadic force winds, 8.0+ earthquakes, hail and flooding.
“The construction industry is ripe for disruption, and the We Print Houses system arms builders and contractors with the equipment needed to scale their businesses like they’ve never imagined,” said Gregory Takeshita, CEO of Forge New. “Builders with this technology can quadruple their production rates, cut costs by reducing labor and material for sheet rock, roofing, carpentry and painting. Plus, they can build more durable and cost-efficient homes using the We Print Houses technology.”
All licensees will participate in a two-week training and certification program on a We Print Houses construction site of Genesis, the first home in the U.S. to be designed, engineered, permitted, built, appraised and sold using this technology. Sited on a 100 x 120-foot lot featuring a 17-foot slope, Genesis will fully illustrate the complex architectural capabilities and reduced time, labor and material needs of the We Print Houses system. “If you can build on our sloped lot, you can build just about anywhere!” said Larry Haines. Genesis will be constructed with participation from partners including: basalt rebar company Sudaglass; BauBox kitchen cabinetry; Porcelanosa tile, kitchen and bath fixtures; Ferguson Plumbing Supply; Whirlpool appliances; RenewAire’s ERV; Jekko’s mobile platform; Graco Inc.’s pump and mixer; Elexa's guardian leak protection system, among others.
Licensees are then included in the We Print Houses marketplace, connecting qualified builders and prospective home buyers who have expressed interest in purchasing homes using this innovative technology.
For more information about the We Print Houses 3D home printing system, call 855-426-8469 or visit www.WePrintHouses.com.
About Sunconomy LLC
Sunconomy LLC builds affordable, smart, sustainable homes and will use 3D printing as a tool to provide affordable housing and job training to people graduating from crisis intervention programs and seeking to build a life pursuing the “American Dream” of home ownership.
About Forge New
Forge New is a full-service real estate development company with a strategic focus in construction technology and emerging markets.