How 3D printing can unlock productivity to deliver more housing while lowering carbon emissions

Whether it’s rising sea levels, out of control wildfires, unpredictable storm seasons, or catastrophic wind events, the reality is that the climate crisis is impacting the environment and driving people from their homes.

The housing crisis places more people in the face of climate change’s effects, as housing costs drive construction away from city centers. It is often those least able to afford it who face the brunt of these realities.

Building construction accounts for 11 percent of all global carbon emissions, with building energy use at around 30 percent. Continuing down this path will only help feed the climate crisis. We might someday have enough homes for everyone, but not in a world fit for humans to survive, much less thrive.
All of this indicates that we need to improve the way we build while we build. Increasing efficiency, utilizing innovation, and attracting a new generation of workers to the construction industry are some of the keys to accomplishing this.
At Mighty Buildings, we believe in approaching the housing shortage and climate change as two sides of the same coin — dual crises with shared solutions.
Our long-term vision is to act as a tool for industry, allowing existing builders and developers to build more at a quicker rate. A key part of this vision is a production-as-a-service platform that is product, market, and design agnostic — in other words, our plan is to take third party designs and convert them automatically into a 3D printable system.

Mighty Buildings has already developed a Revit library to support our panel system, making it easier to create custom floor plans for builders and developers. We will continue to develop this system to allow architects and designers to work directly with our technology, from the beginning of the design process to its end.

On the production side, our vision includes a distributed network of Mighty Factories around the country and the world, located in high demand areas in partnership with local builder and developer partners. Because of the unique nature of our technology, we can leverage warehouse space to locate our facilities where demand is high and labor is available. This ensures that our products provide both housing and jobs to those markets.

We are also developing a micro-factory concept as part of this modular system, in which each production cell is a self-contained system incorporating all stages of our process, allowing us to right-size a factory for even lower-volume markets.

All of this is supplemented by our near zero waste production, superior energy efficiency, and commitment to carbon neutrality by 2028.

The industry still largely relies on the same technologies that have been used for over one hundred years. 3D printing provides a completely new toolset for approaching all aspects of the design and building process — providing new pathways to unlock architect and engineer creativity, maintaining cost-effectiveness, creating a safer working environment, and finding opportunities to further eliminate waste in construction.