Iowa State University Announces Plans To 3D Print An Entire Neighborhood

Iowa State University has announced that it plans to use its giant 3D printer to manufacture affordable homes for a rural town. The College of Design’s project is funded by a $1.4 million Strategic Infrastructure Program grant. The school will build an entire neighborhood in Hamburg, Iowa, a rural town that was severely damaged by flooding in 2019. The 3D printer, which features an overhead gantry system with a computer nozzle that dispenses concrete, can build an entire home in a matter of days. “This will accelerate the construction of affordable housing so that we can automate some of that function and also build more housing rapidly at a lower cost,” said Pete Evans, Assistant Professor of Design at ISU.