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3D printing construction technology startup Mighty Buildings has offered a first look inside their new factory in Monterrey, Mexico. As part of the company’s mission to develop and construct “climate-resilient, carbon-neutral homes near points of need,” the factory is reportedly capable of producing the components for an entire home during each day of operation.
The factory will produce homes using a blend of material science, robotics, and automation. Components for the homes will be 3D printed using Mighty Buildings’ concrete-free composite stone material, which is 30% lighter and 15% less expensive, and five times stronger than concrete. The company also claims their homes will be climate-resilient, carbon-neutral, and resistant to severe weather conditions, including hurricanes and earthquakes.
The components printed in the factory will form part of the company’s existing Mighty Kit System for prefabricated housing and will see the printing of panels for 1 to 2 homes per day. According to the company, the offsite manufacturing process cuts on-site building time by as much as 50% and will allow the completion of a home’s envelope in less than one week. The company also claims the homes can be ready for residents in as little as two to three months, marking a 2 to 3 times improvement on the industry average.
“With the opening of our factory in Monterrey, Mexico, Mighty Buildings has taken a major step forward in the accelerated growth and adoption of sustainable, net-zero energy homes,” said Mighty Buildings CEO Scott Gebicke in a statement. “This also demonstrates our unique ability to drive the future of home construction by setting up scalable manufacturing operations close to where they are needed, enabling Mighty Buildings to rapidly serve areas in urgent need of climate-resilient housing, and to meet the needs of our developer partners.”
Mighty Buildings expects their latest factory to serve projects underway in Southern California, where they are currently collaborating with Irvine-based JZMK Partners. In 2021, meanwhile, the company announced its intention to develop the country’s first 3D printed net-zero energy neighborhood, designed in Rancho Mirage, California, in collaboration with EYRC Architects.