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TAKE A LOOK | 3D printed homes and schools are coming to Africa

TAKE A LOOK | 3D printed homes and schools are coming to Africa

Written by Paul

December 20, 2020


3D printed homes can be completed in just 12 hours, compared to four days using normal construction methods. Reducing the structure’s carbon footprint by 70%, a UK-backed firm is dedicating more than R30 billion to fight climate change in Africa and Asia.


A school and house already printed in Malawi is the first phase of a project which will be rolled out to Kenya and Zimbabwe. While start-up costs are high, modest houses can be printed for around R75,000. Homes and schools constructed in mere hours, with carbon footprints reduced by 70%, are being rolled out across Africa as part of an innovative 3D printing programme.


Cutting time and reliance on carbon-heavy resources, the project’s initial rollout in Malawi, which has a shortage of 36,000 classrooms, is expected to be expanded into Kenya and Zimbabwe in the near future. Malawi’s burgeoning backlog, which, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) would take an estimated 70 years to clear with conventional building methods, can be solved in under a decade through the use of 3D printing technology. This is the aim of 14Trees, a joint venture […]

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