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Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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  • Los Angeles-based startup Azure is using recycled plastic to 3D print backyard studios and ADUs.
  • The startup will begin delivering its units this year.
  • See inside Azure’s first two units at its manufacturing site in Los Angeles.
Your recycled plastic water bottle and take-out container could become a 3D-printed tiny home in California.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home

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Los Angeles-based startup Azure is using 3D printers to build backyard studios and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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But instead of constructing with a concrete mix like fellow startups Icon and Alquist …A 3D printed Habitat for Humanity house in Williamsburg, Virginia. The house is in front of trees. The lawn in front of it is bright green.

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… Azure Printed Homes is reducing, reusing, and recycling by using a printing material composed primarily of post-consumer plastic.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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“Our supply chain should never be short in our lifetime,” Ross Maguire, the cofounder of Azure, told Insider in August.Plastic waste fills a dumpsite in Nairobi, KenyaPlastic waste fills a dumpsite in Nairobi, Kenya, where countries in March agreed to start negotiating a global treaty on plastic pollution.

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In April 2022, Azure unveiled what it calls the world’s first 3D-printed “backyard studio” made with this recycled material.People next to a 3D printed home

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And this year, the startup will begin delivering its preordered studios and ADUs to consumers …Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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… which will include 10 rental homes throughout Los Angeles and the neighboring Orange County, California.A 3D printed home

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Like other 3D printing construction-tech startups, Azure says it can construct its homes more efficiently than traditional construction, specifically 70% faster and 30% cheaper.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home

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But unlike other companies that only print the walls of their homes …Inside Icon's over 2,000-square-foot House Zero in Austin. There's a bedroom with a bed, mirror and ceiling fan in front of a layered printed concrete wall. There's a bathroom next to the bedroom.Icon’s over 2,000-square-foot House Zero in Austin.

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… Azure prints the floor, ceiling, and walls. An example of the white printed floor is shown below.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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This streamlines the final on-site installation process, Maguire told Insider during a tour of the company’s manufacturing site in Los Angeles in November 2022.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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So when the team finishes printing and assembling its units in-house, all that’s left to do is deliver the home to its customer, forklift or crane it onto its foundation …A 3D printed home

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… bolt it down, and plug it into the utilities.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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Despite the unique plastic printing material, Azure’s units still have design elements reminiscent of “traditional” — as far as this new tech goes —printed homes …Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home

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… like the layered printing pattern and curved walls shown below. Both are visual signatures of the construction-tech.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home

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The two units shown below are Azure’s first builds.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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This one is its backyard studio, a 120-square-foot room starting at $26,900.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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This smaller unit take around 16 hours to print.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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But inside, there’s almost no indication of its unique construction method.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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The interior wood-lined floor, wall, and ceiling seamlessly blend together.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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And the smooth white walls don’t have the same layered appearance as the exterior walls.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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This unit may be small. But its uses are as endless as its owner’s imagination, from a detached gym to a recording studio with some additional soundproofing …Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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… to a home office like the one shown below in Azure’s headquarters.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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Meanwhile, the backyard studio’s larger counterpart, Azure’s ADU series, operates more like a true tiny home.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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These units start at 180 square feet with a price tag of $43,900.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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Larger models can be built by connecting multiples of this module.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny homes

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Despite its small square footage, the unit below has space for a bathroom, kitchen, and couch or sleeper sofa for those who want a true studio apartment feel.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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This size makes it ideal for use as a backyard ADU guest home or rental property, a growing trend in the real estate market.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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So unsurprisingly, this tiny home is one of Azure’s most popular sizes, Maguire told Insider.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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It takes over 20 hours to print an ADU of this size.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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The one in these photos isn’t complete yet.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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But you can already see features like the kitchen beginning to take shape.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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It takes about two days to install this ADU, Eidelman said, noting that the installation process will be longer for larger modules.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home

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And within the next few months, you could see one of these printed homes around California.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home

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Azure’s 2023 deliveries will be some of the many 3D-printed homes that are projected to go up around the US this year.Azure Printed Homes' 3D printed tiny home made of recycled plastic

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Alquist is working with Muscatine, Iowa, and the city’s local organizations to print 10 homes in the new year.A 3D printed Habitat for Humanity house in Williamsburg, Virginia. The house is in front of trees. The lawn in front of it is brown.

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And down south, Alquist will work with Florida startup CPH-3D (Click, Print, Home) to begin construction on a Tampa, Florida home that’s been listed at almost $600,000.CPH-3D printed home in Tampa, Florida rendering.

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