Virginia woman moves into nation’s first 3D-printed Habitat for Humanity home

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A Virginia woman made history on Tuesday as she took ownership of the nation’s first completed 3D-printed Habitat for Humanity home.

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New owner April Stringfield, of Williamsburg, and her teen son attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom home, according to WTKR-TV.

The Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, the organization that facilitated the build, joined the 3D-printing company Alquist 3D at the ceremony, The Virginia Gazette reported.

“I’m excited to make new memories in Williamsburg and especially in a house, a home,” Stringfield told WTKR. ”Some place I can call home and to give my son that backyard that he can play in and also my puppy to run around the yard.”

According to Alquist 3D Founder and CEO Zachary Mannheimer, the Iowa-based company packed up its 3D-printing equipment and headed east, the newspaper reported.

Crews broke ground for the home in July, WTKR reported. The following month, the 3D printing process began, with concrete poured into a machine and piped across a foundation in a continual motion, the Gazette reported.

After 28 days, the walls were constructed and volunteers began plastering them, while others installed windows, flooring and lights, the newspaper reported.

According to Habitat for Humanity in Greater Williamsburg CEO Janet Green, the project is a culmination of numerous community partners.

“We are excited with every Habitat home because we are selling homes to deserving families,” Green told reporters. “This project is a game-changer for Habitat for Humanity, We’re selling an affordable home to a family four days before Christmas, and at the same time, we’re finding solutions to build more efficient homes.”

“We are so excited for where this is going to go from here,” Mannheimer said. “Virginia is the leader in 3D printing home construction, hands down, no one can take that away from you.”