Homes of the Future

By Tonka Dobreva 10.24.2014 blog

Recently, 3D printers have made the leap from sci-fi dream to awesome reality.  You can find videos of 3D printed toys, sculptures and food all over the web, and some schools are even using them in the classroom. Now one team of designers has taken it one step further, with 3D printed houses. That’s right — homes you can print out.

Okay, so it’s not as easy as just printing it out, but it’s still pretty simple. WikiHouse is an open-source project that allows people to download and print the design for a DIY house using a machine called a CNC router. The pieces fit together like a jigsaw puzzle for easy construction.

There’s a great cause behind the project too. The creators are hoping to make it easier for people all over the world to construct their own sustainable homes at a reasonable price. Though you still need to add wiring and plumbing, the simple  (and free!) design takes a team of people about a day to build.

If all of this still sounds too good to be true, check out below what it’s like to build a WikiHouse:

Do you think 3D printed houses could be the next big thing? Vote and tell us what you think in the comments!


  1. Elijah Jenkins

    I believe yes mostly toward the cost of homes now and days its alot to buy a home,but the down part is the insulation and wiring but it would more than likely go well if u had it installed yourself. and the other thing,barely any protection: you want a home that is Safe,and Livable its got the liveable part but safe? eh

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