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Giant 3-D Printer Rental Business – Home Owners Can Print Their Own Home for a Fee

A couple of years back, someone contacted me from the Middle East who wanted to start an “equipment hiring business” and specifically they wanted to make it a franchise here in the US. Equipment hiring in their part of the world is what we consider equipment rental in America today. Of course, it is a saturated industry, and a mature industry sector, one which hasn’t done all that well after the 2008 housing crash, as construction has been slow.

Nevertheless, here in 2013 we have a slight uptick, and there is construction going on again, and many construction workers are indeed getting back to work. No one knows how long this trend will continue, or when the business cycle will poop out again, and who knows, it could even go for a year or two because of the pent-up energy and the need for more structures. But what if things change in the future? What if construction is done a totally different way, what if some of today’s latest technologies are used in the construction sector, you know, something like 3-D printing?

In other words, what if things were constructed on site by a giant machine, something like a giant 3-D printing machine? What if a home owner who wanted to build their own home bought a piece of land, put in the foundation themselves, got it signed off by the city inspector, had their plans approved by the planning commission — because they were standard plans which had already been used thousands of times — and they rented a giant 3-D printer to build their home right on the property? How might this work you ask?

Well, the homeowner could call up the equipment rental company, have them deliver the 3-D printer, set it up in place, work with them to secure the material needed, and the homeowner could turn the machine on for a couple hours, and then turn it off, go inspect the process, and repeat that process until the structure was actually built. This is how I would envision all of this working, and obviously a homeowner could not afford to buy a giant 3-D house printer, but they can certainly afford to rent one for a few days or up to a week while they built their own home.

Such a system might cost upwards of $1 million, but the homeowner would only need it for less than one week, and that means it could be used by 52 other people throughout the year, and that means there could be a good return on investment for the equipment rental company that did indeed rent out giant 3-D home printers to be used on site. Please consider all this and think on it.