Hotel owner Lewis Yakich has unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed hotel suite—and it even comes with a spacious 3D-printed concrete jacuzzi. The 130-square-meter (1,500 square feet) structure was built for The Lewis Grand hotel in Angeles, Philippines, and took approximately 100 hours of print time to complete. According to 3DPrint.com, the 3D-printed hotel expansion will be the world’s first fully permitted 3D-printed operational commercial building once installed.
Yakich isn’t your typical hotel owner. A California native, Yakich comes from a material science engineering background and has experience building houses in the U.S. Though the hotel villa was printed in about 100 hours, the project took many months of planning and design. Yakich teamed up with Andrey Rudenko, the Minnesotan inventor of a 3D concrete printer and builder of the world’s first 3D-printed concrete castle, to prepare and ship the 3D printer components over from Minnesota to the Philippines, assemble the machine, and create the right concrete mix from local materials, including sand and volcanic ash.
The recently completed two-bedroom villa measures 10.5 meters by 12.5 meters and includes a living room and a jacuzzi room. Plumbing, wiring, and rebars are also installed in the structure. Yakich told 3DPrint.com that the 3D printer is still a work in progress, however, he’s already signed a contract to 3D print an entire subdivision with 20 homes in November. He estimates the printer will be able to churn out 6 houses in just one week and save a whopping 60% on building costs in the process.
“The Philippines is actually a great place for concrete printing because of the weather. Currently everything is made out of concrete, and it’s a third world country so it can do a lot of good in disaster zones, etc.,” Yakich told 3DPrint.com. “The Philippines is in such need of low income housing that this technology is perfect for it.”
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