Help Bring 3D Printed Homes To Canada

Technology , Design , Environment , Science
Calgary

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Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains! Contributors receive a personal email with our sincere thanks, shout-out on our social media and all the links so you can stay follow and stay updated, plus an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign is a success. (details TBA)
Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains! Contributors receive a personal email with our sincere thanks, shout-out on our social media and all the links so you can stay follow and stay updated, plus an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign is a success. (details TBA)
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Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains with our sincere appreciation. Philanthropists become 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chain to show off to your friends and an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA)
Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains with our sincere appreciation. Philanthropists become 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chain to show off to your friends and an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA)
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Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains and a 3DPHC branded T-shirt with our sincere appreciation. Green Supporters become 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chain to show off to your friends while you wear your cool new T-shirt PLUS an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA)
Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains and a 3DPHC branded T-shirt with our sincere appreciation. Green Supporters become 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chain to show off to your friends while you wear your cool new T-shirt PLUS an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA)
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Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains and TWO branded T-shirts with our sincere appreciation. Silver Supporters become 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a pair of 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chains to show off to your friends while you wear your cool new T-shirt(s) PLUS an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA)
Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains and TWO branded T-shirts with our sincere appreciation. Silver Supporters become 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a pair of 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chains to show off to your friends while you wear your cool new T-shirt(s) PLUS an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA)
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Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains, TWO branded T-shirts AND a scale Model of our first 3D printed home. Gold Supporters become top-level 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a pair of 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chains to show off to your friends while you wear your cool new T-shirt(s) PLUS an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA) As an added bonus, we will send you invites to ground breaking and other events and you will be first to hear news and updates. If you own a business, we will also feature you logo, website and social media links - Be sure to let us know!
Enjoy a pair of custom 3D printed key chains, TWO branded T-shirts AND a scale Model of our first 3D printed home. Gold Supporters become top-level 3DPHC VIP's which includes everything those other folks get PLUS your photo (but only if you say it's OK) on our very special Contributor Wall on our website. You'll also get a pair of 3D printed 3DPHC branded key chains to show off to your friends while you wear your cool new T-shirt(s) PLUS an invitation for you and a guest to our after party main event when our campaign succeeds. (details TBA) As an added bonus, we will send you invites to ground breaking and other events and you will be first to hear news and updates. If you own a business, we will also feature you logo, website and social media links - Be sure to let us know!
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Campaign Description

The primary focus of our efforts are to build a SOCIALLY and ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS company that can help combat the housing crisis in our own country. We have poured our money, hearts and souls into this for over a year and now it's time to step-it-up! WE'RE LOOKING FOR SUPPORT to get our second stage of research done with SAIT which will be to determine, and patent a building material that suits construction by this method in the wide variety of climates that Canada presents. By fund-raising here, we also hope to gauge the level of interest in this technology and measure it's possible social impact on low-income housing. THIS RESEARCH WILL OPEN UP DOORS for other companies as well to share innovations, create lasting partnerships and make life better for everyone. Support this research, and earn some swag too!

Thoughts on affordable housing in Calgary.

My home town seems to have a perpetual challenge with affordable housing.

If the news can be believed, we are not alone in the developed world.

As the income inequality gap expands, more people are left in the bottom income quartile and may never be able to own their own home. In North America, home ownership is the surest road to some level of financial security in retirement, and many Canadians will not achieve this significant milestone.

As I understand it, every newly built subdivision in Calgary must have a portion of its units specified as low income housing. This seems sensible.

What I see most often is apartment style condominiums set aside for this portion of the project. There are also some townhouses and the occasional duplex; improvements to be sure.

But:

Those units are built using standard construction methods, resulting in standard baseline cost. They are sold, at full retail price, to investor landlords.

Then, the city subsidizes the rents on those living units.

The result is that low income earners can rent a nice space at a reasonable cost. Sounds pretty good so far, but I don’t like it much.

Developers and builders have not stepped up with real solutions. They just built what they usually build and get paid for it. City taxpayers are subsidizing the rents, which is a great deal for the renters, if not the taxpayers. Taxpayers are financing the developers and landlords. It is a sly corporate welfare program.

But:

This program still does not move home ownership any closer to lower income families.

More to come, next post.

Ed Macnab

 

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Differentiating 'housing affordability' from 'homelessness'

Homelessness certainly can be, but need not be, related to housing affordability.

The root causes of homelessness are many and varied.  They are societal, social, and economic and require broad based solutions if any significant impact is to be made.Certainly some individuals and families will find themselves homeless due to an unexpected eviction by an unscrupulous landlord, some due to an unexpected job loss, and other unusual or uncommon circumstances, but those cases will always be in the minority.

Homelessness in Canada tends to be more a result chronic unemployment or underemployment, serious and untreated mental health issues, addiction challenges, and other systemic issues that cannot be rectified by simply building less expensive housing.  Significant social services must be brought to bear on the larger scene if permanent change is to happen.

3D PHC intends to assist in this arena by providing multiple tiny-house style developments in coordination with social agencies that are already working in this space. 

It will be part of our social conscience program as we grow, develop, and generate the revenues necessary to assist.

When homelessness is removed from the equation that describes a “housing affordability crisis”,  we are left wondering how and why homes cost so much more, relative to average income, than they did ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. 

 

More to come, next post.

Ed Macnab

Future Housing Solutions Today!

We see the major hurdle for home ownership as cash based.

As everything that goes into building homes today go up in cost, so goes the cost of the house. We have to make increasingly more money just to afford even a small bungalow for our families, forcing us to enter the rental trap. We can’t make building homes cheaper – but we can eliminate some of the things that go into building a traditional building by automating the process and taking advantage of “fused deposition” 3D printed construction.

Costs are saved in many ways with this technology.

We plan to 3D print virtually seamless, breathable and flexible, yet very strong and watertight structures on-site that can be finished in a myriad of ways to suit the client and the landscape.We can build walls without having to acquire materials and labor just building forms that are then taken down and discarded.

We not only save money, but we save an awful lot of time.

To build in Canada traditionally, on average is 4-6 months for the pre-construction phase, 6 months to a year for the construction phase, and 1-2 weeks for the post-construction phase. 3D printed construction will still require similar groundwork, and post-construction will be handled by contractors and take about the same amount of time.

Where we save the most time (and money) is in the construction phase.

It’s been proven by companies in Europe and the UK that we can print the shell for an 850 sq./ft bungalow in less than a week! In addition, we can also print items such as patio furniture and shelves – the sky is the limit and will be a great “value added” service.

Frank O.

Construction 3D Printing Explained!

3D Construction Printing (3DCP) refers to various technologies that use 3D printing as a core method to fabricate buildings or construction components. Alternative terms are also in use, such as Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) [1] Large scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM), or Freeform construction (FC), also to refer to sub-groups, such as '3D Concrete', used to refer to concrete extrusion technologies.

There are a variety of 3D printing methods used at construction scale, these include the following main methods: extrusion (concrete/cement, wax, foam, polymers), powder bonding (polymer bond, reactive bond, sintering) and additive welding. 3D printing at a construction scale will have a wide variety of applications within the private, commercial, industrial and public sectors. Potential advantages of these technologies include faster construction, lower labor costs, increased complexity and/or accuracy, greater integration of function and less waste produced.

A number of different approaches have been demonstrated to date which include on-site and off-site fabrication of buildings and construction components, using industrial robots, gantry systems and tethered autonomous vehicles. Demonstrations of construction 3D printing technologies to date have included fabrication of housing (photo), construction components (cladding and structural panels and columns), bridges and civil infrastructure[2], artificial reefs, follies and sculptures.

The technology has seen a significant increase in popularity in recent years with many new companies, including some backed up by prominent names from the construction industry and academia. This led to several important milestones, such as the first 3D printed building, the first 3D printed bridge the first 3D printed part in a public building, the first living 3D printed building in Europe and CIS, the first 3D printed building in Europe fully approved by the authorities (COBOD International), among many others.

Keep checking back for the History of 3D Printing in this Blog series.

Frank O.

 

Sources:

Photocredit: New Story - ICON, Mar 12, 2018 (YouTube)

[1] https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/8/18174405/long-island-3d-printing-construction-startup-s-squared

[2] Doggerel. Innovation in the build environment. A view from the leading edge of 3d printed infrastructure. Interview to José Daniel García Espinel from Acciona by Maria Mingallon

Construction 3D Printing Explained : Pre-History

Seeding technologies 1950 - 1995

Robotic bricklaying was conceptualized and explored in the 1950s and related technology development around automated construction began in the 1960s, with pumped concrete and isocyanate foams.[3] Development of automated fabrication of entire buildings using slip forming techniques and robotic assembly of components, akin to 3D printing, were pioneered in Japan to address the dangers of building high rise buildings by Shimizu and Hitachi in the 1980s and 1990s.[4] Many of these early approaches to on-site automation foundered because of the construction 'bubble', their inability to respond to novel architectures and the problems of feeding and preparing materials to the site in built up areas.

Early developments 1995 - 2000

Early construction 3D printing development and research have been under way since 1995. Two methods were invented, one by Joseph Pegna [5] which was focused on a sand/cement forming technique which utilized steam to selectively bond the material in layers or solid parts, though this technique was never demonstrated.

The second technique, "Contour Crafting" by Behrohk Khoshnevis, initially began as a novel ceramic extrusion and shaping method, as an alternative to the emerging polymer and metal 3D printing techniques, and was patented in 1995.[6] Khoshnevis realized that this technique could exceed these techniques where "current methods are limited to fabrication of part dimensions that are generally less than one meter in each dimension". Around 2000, Khoshnevis's team at USC Vertibi began to focus on construction scale 3D printing of cementitious and ceramic pastes, encompassing and exploring automated integration of modular reinforcement, built-in plumbing and electrical services, within one continuous build process. This technology has only been tested at lab scale to date and controversially and allegedly formed the basis for recent efforts in China.

One of the first versions of the D-Shape gantry printer system

First generation 2000 - 2010

In 2003, Rupert Soar secured funding and formed the freeform construction group at Loughborough University, UK, to explore the potential for up-scaling existing 3D printing techniques for construction applications. Early work identified the challenge of reaching any realistic break-even for the technology at the scale of construction and highlighted that there could be ways into the application by massively increasing the value proposition of integrated design (many functions, one component). In 2005, the group secured funding to build a large-scale construction 3D printing machine using 'off the shelf' components (concrete pumping, spray concrete, gantry system) to explore how complex such components could be and realistically meet the demands for construction.

In 2005 Enrico Dini, Italy, patented the D-Shape technology, employing a massively scaled powder jetting/bonding technique over an area approximately 6m x 6m x 3m.[7] This technique although originally developed with epoxy resin bonding system was later adapted to use inorganic bonding agents.[8] This technology has been used commercially for a range of projects in construction and other sectors including for [artificial reefs].[9]

A 3D printed sculpture made with D-Shape technology

One of the most recent developments has been the printing of a bridge, the first of this kind in the world, in collaboration with IaaC and Acciona.

In 2008 3D Concrete Printing began at Loughborough University, UK, headed by Richard Buswell and colleagues to extend the groups prior research and look to commercial applications moving from a gantry based technology [10] to an industrial robot, which they succeeded in licensing the technology to Skanska in 2014.

 

  1.  https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/8/18174405/long-island-3d-printing-construction-startup-s-squared
  2. ^ Doggerel. Innovation in the build environment. Arup.[1] A view from the leading edge of 3d printed infraestructure. Interview to José Daniel García Espinel from Acciona by Maria Mingallon
  3. ^ Papanek (1971). Design for the Real WorldISBN 978-0897331531.
  4. ^ Architectural Design (2008). Versatility and VicissitudeISBN 9780470516874.
  5. ^ J.B.Gardiner [2] PhD Thesis - Exploring the Emerging Design Territory of Construction 3D Printing (p80), 2011
  6. ^ Khoshnevis, [3] Original Contour Crafting Patent US5529471 A,
  7. ^ Patent by Dini et. al, "Method and Device for Building Automatically Conglomerate Structures. Patent number US20080148683 A1" web cited 2016-07-18
  8. ^ J.B.Gardiner PhD thesis [4] "Exploring the Emerging Design Territory of Construction 3D Printing, 2011 (p89) web cited 2016-07-18
  9. ^ J.B.Gardiner PhD thesis [5] "Exploring the Emerging Design Territory of Construction 3D Printing, 2011" (p337) web cited 2016-07-18
  10. ^ J.B.Gardiner PhD thesis [6] "Exploring the Emerging Design Territory of Construction 3D Printing, 2011 (p81) web cited 2016-07-18

Management Team

Frank Ossm

Frank Ossm

Creative Director

Frank brings a wealth of experience in multiple industries such as hospitality, logistics, manufacturing and graphic design to name a few. After studying photography, typography and creative design software at Reeves College in 2015, Frank began his continuing freelance career in addition to delving into 3D printing technology. After 2 years of learning function and design aspects of 3D printing, he created 3DPHC as a way to both advance the industry and create a solution to our planets growing housing crisis by 3D printing habitable structures.
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Ed Macnab

Ed Macnab

Director of Operations

Ed comes to us with an uncommon depth of experience. His early working days included the construction industry and, of course, time in the Alberta oilfield. Over the years, he has managed dozens of workers on production lines, multiple engineers and technicians in an electronics design department, and large multi-national IT Service Desks. He spent the last ten years working as an IT Project Manager for a major US IT vendor. Between these gigs he spent time in venture capital and skunk-works management, setting new businesses on a course for success.
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David Pocock

David Pocock

Director of Construction & Materials

David comes to us from a diverse background having served in the Canadian Forces, worked in the ski industry in various capacities and even concert staging and events production. His early years started in the hospitality industry and moved to the oil patch, working on drilling rigs and moving along into the service and downstream part of “The Patch”. Over the last 40 years he has been a small- contract general contractor, a materials testing technician and a construction manager. David is looking forward to the challenges in building homes that are integrated into the environment with the flexibility that only 3D printing can offer.
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Gary Tarasoff

Gary Tarasoff

Director of Technology

Gary brings 14 years of experience electronics technician. His experience has ranged from basic electronics repair and maintenance, to research and design. This includes installing and testing new equipment, and service and maintenance on existing equipment both on land-based locations and offshore installations. During this time, he was able to work in North America and abroad, and was constantly invigorated by the new challenges he was able to conquer.
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Nov 6, 2019

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HERE WE GO!

THANKS to everyone who've helped us make it this far whether it was through advice, support and asking the tough questions. We're very excited to be given this opportunity to become the first to bring 3D Printed Construction to Canada and we're extremely proud to do it first in our home town of Calgary, Alberta.

Keep checking for updates, Vlogs and Blogs!

Frank Ossm

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Nov 19, 2019

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THANK YOU!

I'd like to take a moment to thank those who have contributed to initiative.

We're a group of guys who really want to effect change in the world, and we've decided to begin with new technology in an old industry. It takes hard work and a lot of research to just get this far!

Our main driving force for doing this necessary research is that we feel an urgency to provide desperately needed housing - we can't sit and wait for someone else to come along who-knows-when seeing only a cash-cow. 

We as a people need a company to do this, that will always keep a mind to it's effects on ecology and climate, energy efficiency and social economic development. A company that will not only think about these things, but strive to make a positive impact, wherever possible. 

When you support this campaign for research, you support all this and more. 

So, THANKS to everyone that is willing to do more than just talk about the issues.

Either through contributions or sharing on social media or even word of mouth...

...THANKS for taking action! 

Frank O.

Director, Lead Designer

 

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Dec 3, 2019

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We're Not There Yet!

Well everyone, we just broke the crucial $1000 mark, we're getting closer to our goal thanks to something our supporters all have in  common. They want to see the HOUSING CRISIS COME TO AN END - or at least light the lamp at the end of the tunnel. We can't agree more and the one major challenge we need to overcome is - as it always seems to be - funding. W're bolstered by the fact that we aren't just doing this for ourselves. We see a great need in our time and a solution that needs to be implemented as urgently as possible. We can't wait for outside commerce to bring it - we have to start here, from here. 

If you're reading this and haven't yet made a contribution, please consider doing so and help us bring this solution home.

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Nov 6, 2019
Project launched

FAQs

A big part of your message is the goal of providing a solution to the housing shortage. Can you elaborate?

We see the major hurdle for home ownership as cash based. As everything that goes into building homes today go up in cost, so goes the cost of the house. We have to make increasingly more money just to afford even a small bungalow for our families, forcing us to enter the rental trap. We can’t make building homes cheaper – but we can eliminate some of the things that go into building a traditional building by automating the process and taking advantage of “fused deposition” 3D printed construction. Costs are saved in many ways with this technology. We plan to 3D print virtually seamless, breathable and flexible, yet very strong and watertight structures on-site that can be finished in a myriad of ways to suit the client and the landscape. We can build walls without having to acquire materials and labor just building forms that are then taken down and discarded. We not only save money, but we save an awful lot of time. To build in Canada traditionally, on average is 4-6 months for the pre-construction phase, 6 months to a year for the construction phase, and 1-2 weeks for the post-construction phase. 3D printed construction will still require similar groundwork, and post-construction will be handled by contractors and take about the same amount of time. Where we save time is in construction phase. It’s been proven by companies in Europe and the UK that we can print the shell for an 850 sq./ft bungalow in less than a week! In addition, we can also print items such as patio furniture and shelves – the sky is the limit and will be a great “value added” service. 

Why or how is 3D printed construction an improvement on our current technology?

There’s a lot of reasons this tech is better. I think two of the biggest advantages are time, and cost. It’s no secret that current technology can’t build homes fast enough for a growing population with a fluctuating economy. If we can build faster and make it even just a little less expensive it makes a great leap towards providing housing and challenging the problem. Another great benefit to my mind, is the freedom of design. Adding contours and architectural elements is now a digital experience that can then be added to the overall design at will. I have a personal goal in this project: to make the “box” obsolete.

You’ve been incorporated for just over a year now, do you feel you’ve made a lot of progress?

We’ve spent the bulk of our time researching, project planning, branding and building business relationships. A number of contacts have been made and we find ourselves in a position where if we can prove we can do this, there is backing and grants available to take us to the Canadian market. Right now, we are ready to engage with the Green Building Technologies department at SAIT here in Calgary. The goal here is to research and patent the material that we will use to 3D print these structures. We believe we will have the most quality control over the end product if we do this, with the added benefit of then having a saleable recipe and/or branded product. The cost to engage the team at SAIT is $2500, plus cost of materials during testing. We will have access to all the equipment and facilities to proceed with our research and will benefit from added expertise from the student body.
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