3D Concrete Printed Home a First for Tampa, Florida

Could a 3D-printed home come at a better time for Tampa? Maybe before Hurricane Ian, but it should be ready for the next one.

A home made almost entirely by a robot is currently in pre-construction and will be built by Tampa-based startup Click, Print, Home (CPH-3D).  Designed by San Francisco architect Keith Plymale, the home will be the first 3D-printed concrete home in Tampa, says CPH-3D.

Using zero wood for the structural elements of the home, the company partnered with Iowa-based 3D printing outfit Alquist to use what’s called a COBOD “BOD 2”  3D concrete printer, which essentially layers “concrete ink” into the steel-enforced walls. 

“3D Concrete Printing (3DCP) also known as additive manufacturing, utilizes an automated process of seamlessly layering concrete via robotic arms and technology,” says the listing, “creating a solid, monolithic and impressive structure, while also minimizing waste up to 95%.”

As of now, CPH-3D homes come in either a one or two-story layout, but this particular one features 1,521-square-feet of living space, as well as three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also comes with 10-foot ceilings, a 12-foot glass pocket door in the dining room, hurricane windows throughout, and a curved guest bathroom, which according to the listing is “cylindrical and doubles as a safe-room in the house for tornadoes or other adverse conditions.”

The home is currently asking $599,300.

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Gary Fleisher

Gary Fleisher, “The Mod Coach”, has been entrenched in the offsite construction industry for most of his life. Having started his career in the lumber industry, Gary spent decades working with manufactured and modular home producers and homebuilders. For the past 15 years his blog and LinkedIn postings have introduced thousands to the benefits of factory-built construction and have served as a forum for industry professionals to share insights and perspectives. Gary lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife, Peg.

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