There’s something very alluring about the tiny house movement currently growing in the United States. I can’t imagine living long-term in one of the miniature structures, which tend to measure 400 square feet or less, but I really like the idea of it, and I think the overall trend of downsizing and trying to live a more simple, environmentally friendly, and less wasteful lifestyle is fantastic. The obvious benefits of tiny houses include the fact that they’re much easier and less expensive to construct than homes of more standard sizes, and, as it turns out, they lend themselves perfectly to 3D printing.
Engineer Alex Le Roux designed and built a concrete 3D printer last year as a student at Baylor University. His ultimate goal was to 3D print a small house, and now, only a few months after he developed the second iteration of the printer, he’s accomplished what he set out to do. Only a few days after Chinese construction company HuaShang Tengda made global news by 3D printing an entire villa, Le Roux has informed 3DPrint.com that he has successfully built what he states is the first livable 3D printed structure in the United States.