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LA Startup Is Using Recycled Plastic to 3D Print Prefab Homes

This may sound like a far-fetched idea, but that’s exactly what one 3D printing home construction startup in Los Angeles is trying to do.

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Azure Printed Homes

In April, Azure unveiled what it called the world’s first 3D printed “backyard studio” made with recycled plastic materials.

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And its plastic-printed studios and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are now available for preorder as the startup prepares to ramp up its production line in the Culver City neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Most 3D printing home builders currently use a form of concrete to create their homes, whether it be a proprietary mix or pure concrete.

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But Azure is saying goodbye to this drab grey look by taking a more sustainable approach …

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… giving a second life to plastic once destined for landfills or incineration.

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Azure Printed Homes

Over 60% of Azure’s printing material will use the inherently waterproof plastic polymer often found in plastic bottles and packaging for food, according to the startup.

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Source: Azure

It’s currently working with three suppliers to source “post-industrial plastic” for its printing mix, Ross Maguire, who cofounded Azure to make construction more efficient and sustainable, told Insider.

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But in the future, the goal is to use post-consumer plastic: “Our supply chain should never be short in our lifetime,” he said.

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A volunteer with Dominion Tabernacle Ministries prepares cold water bottles to hand out in Dallas, Texas on June 12, 2022.

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