Can 3D printing help solve North Texas’ affordable housing crisis?

On a sunny winter morning at a property off a rural dirty road in Kaufman, southeast of Dallas, a construction crew is working on building a barn — but this isn’t your traditional building site.

Instead of working with hammers and power drills, this small crew is letting a robot do most of the work.

“Probably the easiest way to describe it is a robot that has a soft serve ice cream cone machine at the end of it,” said Craig Pettit, CEO of Printed Technologies, a company that builds 3D printed homes, “and so we’re just pushing concrete out just like that, like ice cream cone machine would.”

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