What is an MCU?
The CMU is a minimum constructible unit.
Is a constructive solution for the construction of one-story housing units based on 3D printing. This solution allows to reduce the cost, environmental impact and improve the speed of construction.
We are working on the development of a materiality and a CMU design that allows us to fulfill the requirements established in the current Chilean regulations for construction materials, in particular the standards NCh-801 to 806 and NCh-181 and 182.
Our objective is to develop an anti-seismic construction solution.
In September 2020, we participated in the Philippine Climate Launchpad call with our project.
We are very happy to announce our prize at Climate Launchpad Philippines. This is our winning pitch.
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The beginning of the project
Hope and homes for the future
Our disruptive 3D printing robotic system will revolutionize the construction market.
By using our innovative technology houses, buildings and schools could be constructed 3 times faster. In addition, the investment and the costs are half the current market price. Our 3D printing technology enables to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% compared to conventional house construction.
In times of incertainty, natural desasters such as earthquakes and a growing proportion of poorer people, this disruptive technology gives hope for the future. It helps to act and react quickly and makes houses and homes affordable and available for everybody.
What is our motivation?
More than 1.1 billion people in the world are considered homeless according to the UN.
Governments want to help, but their budget is limited, so they need to build social housing with a low budget in order to increase the volume of housing, which must be affordable housing and only for a tiny part of the homeless population.
The current commercial models for building houses maximize the profit of the construction company instead of the number of satisfied customers.
This calls for new, more economical and sustainable construction solutions.
3D printing technology has already established itself as a real alternative to address these challenges. To use 3D printers the materiality, mortar, needs to have particular properties, some of which must be adapted to the technology of the equipment but others which are general.
There is currently no mortar or additive on the market that can be used and validated in 3D printed construction solutions that resist earthquakes.
Considering the diversity of environmental conditions that exist in Chile (including its earthquakes), this makes Chile a natural laboratory to identify valid solutions for all climates of the world and earthquake conditions.
This will allow us to develop a universal solution as much as possible. Allowing to reduce frequent problems in countries that need to solve a housing deficit due to various origins such as an emergency (earthquakes, health, migration, war, among others).
sustainable Houses for everyone
earthquake resistant houses
The houses are built through robot-controlled extrusion (patentable) of a unique concrete mix, specially designed for this purpose (patentable). A 3D design is developed, which is printed layer by layer. With our technology it is possible to build the thick work (walls) of a 50m2 solid house in 24 hours, compared to the 288 hours (12 days) that it would take if we used traditional construction methods.