Our iBuild stories of the day are often about how individuals and groups are building liberty using technology. Today, our iBuild story is LITERALLY about building, homes, that is.
This story is about a 3D Printing process known as Framecad, being used by Lifetec Construction Group, to build 3D printed homes faster than traditional home building, and also creating homes that are more efficient than traditional built homes.
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LifeTec Construction Group Inc., a Vancouver-based construction firm is aiming to bring 3D printed housing structures to the Canadian city in an effort to provide a faster, more efficient home-building process.
Located on Canada’s Pacific coast, Vancouver is a city known for many things: its stunning views, its fantastic seafood, and more recently, significant population growth. This, paired with an imminent housing crisis spurred on by international real estate investment, means that many people are searching for homes in the growing city, and affordable ones at that.
That’s where LifeTec Construction Group is hoping to make a difference. Using a novel construction 3D printing process known as Framecad, the company says it is equipped to 3D print steel frames for homes in a faster and more efficient manner than traditional home-building processes, which rely on wood frames.
The Framecad system was developed in New Zealand and has since been exported to Australia, Asia, parts of Europe, Africa, and South America. With LifeTec’s use of the technology, Framecad has now landed in Canada.
In short, the technology uses a laser-based 3D printing technology to construct bespoke and modular steel beams and panels. These steel parts, which can be optimized in terms of design for a given housing structure, are then shipped to the construction site and can be assembled almost immediately on the spot.
LifeTec believes that the technology will offer a number of unprecedented benefits to the Vancouver construction industry. Firstly, the technology is capable of creating lightweight steel parts which are stronger and more durable than conventional building wood.
Secondly, once the steel beams and parts are at the construction site, the team says it is only a matter of days before the housing frame is erected.