Design your own house, then 3D print it with new AI-powered platform

Developed by studio Beta Realities, “Collective Parts” facilitates the construction of affordable housing by involving future homeowners in the design process.

Architecture and design firm Beta Realities recently unveiled “Collective Parts”, a digital platform to facilitate construction through 3D printing of affordable housing. The project was also recognized as one of the winners of Inititative99 by ICON, a global architecture competition that aims to reimagine affordable housing that can be built for less than $99,000.

The German firm’s idea combines scalable 3D printing technologies with a software approach, helping to engage future homeowners through a collective planning process. To create a user-friendly process even for non-professionals, the platform provides a kit of intuitively placed parts, allowing for greater flexibility within the efficient and scalable construction program.

Beta Realities, Collective Parts, Austin, Texas. Courtesy Beta Realities

The end-to-end process begins with the initial building design, which configures homes using functional objects and smart building components. Within established time and budget constraints, the software also enables flexible neighborhood layouts that encourage community involvement. Using artificial intelligence-assisted planning, a comprehensive estimate of floor area, cost and carbon footprint calculations are derived from the design. The software then sends the appropriate information directly to on-site 3D printers for automatic construction of on-demand housing.

This solution for small community construction promotes adaptability to customer preferences and a circular business model. The digital design workflow employs modular building blocks to ensure scalability and error-free planning. The system is exemplified by a project in Austin, Texas, used as a test model for global expansion.

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