Alquist 3D, an Iowa-based 3D printing construction company, announced Wednesday the kickoff of its first on-site 3D-printed homes in Iowa. The project will be a partnership between Alquist, the Muscatine Center for Social Action and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine to build 10 single-family homes in Muscatine, according to a news release. The first home will be printed in 2023.
“As an Iowa-based company we are proud to be partnering with a vision-forward community like Muscatine to bring this exciting technology to Iowa,” CEO Zachary Mannheimer said in the release.
The Muscatine Center for Social Action and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine received an Iowa HOME Grant of $1.8 million earlier this month to put toward the project. Upon completion, the printed homes will be sold by Muscatine Center for Social Action and its partners, with preference to local community educators, first-time homebuyers and those who earn 80% or less of the median income. Profits from the sales of the homes will go toward future community housing initiatives.
Alquist also announced a new 3D concrete printing curriculum that will be taught at Muscatine Community College in 2023. Students will have the opportunity to visit the houses as they are being printed and gain first hand experience.