3D printing used to be a bit of a wacky idea, but now several 3D printed homes and projects have been successfully built and inhabited. To find out if today’s consumers are aware of current technology and how they feel about homes built this way, Realtor.com partnered with HarrisX to survey more than 3,000 adults nationwide. . According to the study results, consumers are increasingly aware and willing to consider living in a printed home.
Forty-two percent of respondents said they were aware of 3D printed homes and 66% said they would consider living in them. The numbers differ slightly by generation, with 51% of millennials and 42% of Gen Xers acknowledging they are familiar with 3D printed homes. In comparison, less than four in 10 baby boomers, Gen Zers and members of the silent generation said they were aware of existing technology.
Since printing a concrete house is both new and still limited by the size of existing printers, we asked consumers what would persuade them to live in such a house. Cost topped the list, with 54% saying a lower price compared to traditional construction would move the needle. At the same time, 51% would be persuaded to choose a 3D printed house if it was more energy efficient than a traditional house. The third highest factor in favor of a printed home was greater resistance to natural disasters, which doesn’t seem surprising given the increase in extreme weather over the past decade. Lower construction costs and improved energy efficiency were the main drivers at all demographic and income levels.
Interestingly, only 16% of consumers would never consider living in a 3D printed home. The share was slightly higher for baby boomers and members of the silent generation.