It seems that breakthroughs in technology occur almost every day. One of the latest technological breakthroughs has come from Baylor graduate Alex Le Roux. Baylor fans may remember him as a former cross country athlete. However, others have come to know him as the first person to 3-D print a house in America.
Advances in 3-D printing have allowed for a variety of innovations within different sectors. In 2013, scientists at Princeton University created a bionic ear with the ability to pick up radio frequencies by using 3-D printing technology, according to an article by Princeton University. Le Roux has taken 3-D printing a step further by solely using a 3-D printer to build a livable space.
Le Roux began his venture of 3-D printing at Baylor, where he tinkered with the 3-D printers available to the engineering majors. Although he was able to print small toys, the limitations of the printer soon bored him.
“I wanted to print something more useful,” Le Roux said.
After some time, Le Roux built his first printer, which measured a colossal 10 feet by 10 feet. As the printer — along with his objectives — evolved, Le Roux realized he had the opportunity to print the first 3-D house in America and seized it.
The process of printing the house is a “simple technique,” Le Roux said. He began with a 2-D design on a computer and stacked the designs on top of one another in order to raise it up. As one person kept an eye on the computer and printer, the other fed concrete into the printer, and in a mere 24 hours, the house was built.