3D Printing

3D Printing

3D printing was invented by Los Angeles-based Contour Crafting in 1998. Now several firms are tackling the challenge of creating 3D printed structures – with applications ranging from backyard homes in LA to space bases on Mars.

3d printing is pushing the boundaries of home building, one inch at a time. The printer works by squirting a concrete mixture in layers to build floors and walls. Software monitors the weather conditions, and the machine can adjust the mixture. 3D printing machines vary on how fast they print.


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Watch “Ep. 9: The Benefits & Challenges of 3D Printing Buildings (Dubai)

from The Essential Housing Campaign

Housing Innovation Collaborative



1st 3D-Printed Village

1st 3D-Printed Village

How It Works

Background (Contour Crafting)


  • University of Southern California (USC) Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • SCI-Arc Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • Mighty Buildings Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • LADBS (LA Building & Safety) Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • LACDA Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • Contour Crafting Corp Housing Innovation Collaborative
  • Austin Community First! Village Housing Innovation Collaborative

Home Tours

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LACDA led an RFP for a 3D printed house

LA City Council Proposes Using 3D Printers Paid For By ‘Millionaires Income Tax’ To Build Homeless Residences – Wesson said a 0.5% millionaires’ income tax would generate an estimated $243 million per year in Los Angeles County.

Will 3D Printing Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis? (Dwell)

The 3D printing process is starting to evolve – using photosensitive resin and light.