3D Printable House Plans. Source: The Plan Collection
3D Printable House Plans. Source: The Plan Collection

Customers who purchase plans through The Plan Collection (TPC) will now have the option to build a scale model of their future home using 3D printing.

Stamford, CT – The Plan Collection (TPC), an online house-plan provider, announced that it will now offer 3D printable files of their computer-aided-design (CAD) blueprints. This will enable customers to 3D print a physical scale model of their home before building the actual home. This allows homeowners and builders to get real, 360-degree views of both the outside and inside of their home. TPC says this perspective offers much more detail of the actual home than blueprint images and computer renderings. 

“Home buyers today are more interactive than in the past – purchasing floor plans online from hundreds of thousands of architectural designs now available at websites like The Plan Collection,” said James McNair, president and Chief Operating Officer of TPC. “One question that we get asked often is, ‘How can I get a better visual of what my home will look like once it is built?’ Now we can provide our customers house plans with a 3D printing option.”

The customer can then send the file of their plans to a 3D printing service and have their home printed.

TPC selected a beautiful six bedroom home as the first CAD file with 3D printing options. The company explained that many homeowners have a difficult time visualizing how floors stack on top of each other. The model will highlight the openness of the floor plans. In addition to the second floor, this home includes a finished basement with two additional bedrooms and family area. The model allows clients to quickly understand how these floors work together as a whole.

“Our 3D printer-ready floor plans enable you to visualize your home plan from all four orientations,” said McNair. “You can even take your 3D printed model to your building site to determine the best orientation of your house to the elements.”

TPC said in a press release that there are many benefits of creating a physical model or replica of a home including:

  • Provides the homeowner, builder and interior designer the opportunity to visualize all angles and spacing – both exterior and interior.
  • Improves communication and engagement between the contractors and homeowner to ensure desired results.
  • Provides a detailed emulation of the design found on the blueprints that is typically only seen in 2D format.
  • Allows the homeowner and builder to test the orientation of the home on the property to optimize sunlight in the home.

3d printing, also called additive manufacturing, is the process of building an object layer by layer. The layers can be as thin as 1/6 the width of a human hair and provide great detail and accuracy. 3D printers use a variety of technologies and materials. Some of the materials include plastics, resins, and full-color, sandstone-like material.

The advances in 3D printing in the home building and design industry have many questioning when we will see the first livable 3D printed house. The answer is: soon.

A Dutch firm, DAS, began construction of the first 3D printed house earlier this year. The firm is using a 3.5 meter tall printer named the KamerMaker XL (Dutch for “Room Maker”). Each room will be 3D printed on site and then the pieces will be assembled to create the home. “Imagine a future where you can build your entire home using a robotic 3D printer,” said McNair. “Our first house plans with a 3D printing option are just the beginning.”

More information on 3D-printable home plans is available at: www.theplancollection.com.