February 26, 2024


An ambitious development called “Wolf Ranch” that will build 100 homes will be a major step toward mainstreaming 3D printed construction in the United States. The project, located near Austin, Texas, has now been revealed ahead of the arrival of the first residents in September.

Billed as the world’s largest 3D printed residential development, Wolf Ranch was built by Lennar and Icon and co-designed by renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The project is part of a larger Hillwood Communities Development that will also include traditionally built homes.

The 100 3D printed houses range from 1,500 to 2,100 square feet (approximately 140 to 195 square meters), all on one floor. They come in eight different floor plans, offering three or four bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Their overall design was inspired by traditional Texas ranches.

The completed home pictured gives potential buyers a glimpse of what a 3D printed home would look like in real life. At first glance, it looks a lot like any other modern home, but on closer inspection it features pronounced ribbed walls, suggesting it was created using a 3D printer. It looks light-filled and spacious inside, with expansive glass windows and a large open-plan living area with kitchen.

3D-printed model home at Wolf Ranch features large open-plan living area and island kitchen
3D-printed model home at Wolf Ranch features large open-plan living area and island kitchen

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The homes will reduce grid-based energy use through solar panel systems. They’ll also have some smart home tech, such as Ring video doorbells, Wi-Fi-operated locks, and smart thermostats.

The Wolf Ranch development was built using Icon’s own Vulcan 3D printer. The build process is similar to other 3D printing projects we’ve covered before, involving the 3D printer extruding a proprietary cement-like mixture called Lavacrete in layers from a nozzle to build the basic structure of the house. Human builders then complete the house by adding roofs, doors, windows, and other things needed.

Currently, there are six completed 3D printed homes available for purchase in the Wolf Ranch 3D Printing Development. Pricing ranges from $475,990 to $559,990, and interested parties can take a virtual tour of the home using the source link below.

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