From start to finish, it took just 24 hours for a Russian firm to 3D-print a 400-square-foot home that can withstand Moscow winters.


From Moscow comes a novel solution to the affordable-housing problem: A tiny home that took just 24 hours to build from start to finish and cost just slightly more than R100,000 to build.

Whoops, did we say “build”? We meant “print.”

Building a house typically takes months, exacerbating the housing crisis so many people face worldwide. Apis Cor, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in 3D-printing, decided to tackle that crisis with a groundbreaking mobile 3D-printer that can print an entire 400-square-foot tiny home in just 24 hours.

What’s more, doing so costs just over R100,000 – a steal compared to most modern homes.


Apis Cor announced that they were going to 3D print a full-sized home in December 2016, and they’ve finally done it.

At the end of February, Apis Cor shared a video of the process behind the completed project. You can find the 400-square-foot home near Moscow in a town called Stupino. All in all, it cost a little more than $10,000 to complete, according to Mashable.

The walls and partitions were made using a concrete combination, and the windows and other fixtures were added once the structure was set.

According to the company, the home will stand for up to 175 years. Up until now, large 3D-printed objects have been created offsite in various parts and later assembled in the preferred location.

This isn’t the first time a home has been 3D-printed onsite. reports that a Chinese company printed a two-story home onsite in 45 days.

Printing of this home’s “self-bearing walls, partitions and building envelope were done in less than a day: pure machine time of printing amounted to 24 hours,” according to Apis Cor.

You can check out their process video below, and read all about the construction details on the company’s blog.

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Sources: Apis Cor

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