The low-tech practice of building homes using earth bags seems to be keeping pace with the most up-to-date 3D printing technologies. The Earth Home Builder is a skid-operated machine that can “3D print” entire homes by filling earth bag tubes at a rate of 400 feet per hour.

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United Earth Builders, a collective of earthbag and natural builders that are dedicated to building affordable and accessible housing, has developed a method of 3D printing houses with earth bags. The Earth Home Builder is outfitted with specialized earth home building technology and can fill earth bag tubes of many sizes at a rate of up to 400 feet per hour. A crew by hand can manage to fill about 30 feet per hour, depending on bag width, which makes the new technology far superior.

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The company is now looking to partner with non-profit organizations in order to implement the technology by building truly affordable houses. The team will hold an EHB project course in Weitchpec, California, on 30 June, 2014.

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