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Rancho Mirage Lands the Country's First 3D-Printed Housing Community

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Rendering of a 3D-printed home in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Development group Palari just named Rancho Mirage, CA, the site of the countrys first 3D-printed community.

Credit: Mighty Buildings/EYRC Architects

Developer Palari is planning the first three-dimensional (3D) printed housing community in the U.S. in Rancho Mirage, CA, slated for completion by next spring.

The five-acre community will feature 15 eco-friendly homes comprised of 3D-printed panels from construction technology company Mighty Buildings.

The company developed what it calls "Light Stone Material," a synthetic stone that hardens when exposed to UV light and is printed by robots at the company's Oakland, CA, warehouse.

The automated process uses 95% less manpower than traditional wood-framed construction.

The composite material is stronger, lighter, and more thermally efficient than concrete, and boasts a life span of more than 70 years.

Mighty Buildings' Alexey Dubov said, "It feels like a countertop in a kitchen. Because it's lighter, we reduce costs in transportation."

The homes in Rancho Mirage will come as a kit and will be assembled on site.

From Los Angeles Times
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