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Is 3-D printing the future for home building in Oregon?

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Is 3-D printing the future for home building in Oregon?

LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- Some rural cities in Oregon are making 3-D printed homes, something never done before within the state. Complete within 48 hours, these homes could be the future for home building.

"Over 500,000 acres burned of wood in just an odd little county alone ... I hope it's a solution, and I'm looking forward to it being a solution — or maybe even do a hybrid mix to where, you know, you're not using so much timber," said Michele Parry, Town Manager of Lakeview.

During the summer, eastern Klamath and western Lake counties saw some of the largest wildfire impacts in the state, wrought by the massive Bootleg Fire, the Patton Meadow and Willow Valley fires, the Cougar Peak Fire, and the smaller Walrus and Yainax fires. All told, those fires scorched more than 515,000 acres, much of it forested.

With this particular type of 3-D printing, most of the structure is made of layered concrete, significantly reducing the amount of timber used to build a house.

The tri-cities of John Day, Burns, and Lakeview were awarded a Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) grant. The cities plan on using the money that was received from that to come up with four different floor plans.

The first objective of the tri-cities is to build 300 houses in rural Oregon — 100 houses in each city, over the next 5 years. With a $60,000 Planning Assistance grant award for 2021-2023 from the DLCD, the tri-cities say they will bring, to the best of their knowledge, the first 3-D printed homes to Oregon.

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