S-Squared gets printing
S-Squared 3D Printers and 4D Commercial’s new and improved machine/system called ARCS — automatic robotic construction system — measures 20-feet tall by 40-feet wide, four times the size of the original version, Atlas. The system is an ecofriendly concrete printer created by S-Squared that can build a 1,490-square-foot home in as little as 36 hours with the structural integrity to last 100 years or more.
The beast of a machine sits outside the company’s Patchogue Village home located on West Main Street and is capable of pouring concrete with virtually no air bubbles, creating a product that is 200 percent stronger with about a 70 percent reduction of cost as opposed to traditional construction.
A 4-bedroom/2-bath home is expected to yield a for-sale price as low as $150,000 to 200,000 and comes with a 100-year warranty. The company says the cutting-edge technology has the potential to be the next big thing to help improve community infrastructure with practically zero carbon footprint. By reducing the manpower and resources, the home printer can build a house in a fraction of the time, which reduces the impact on the environment, all while cutting costs and using ecofriendly materials and methods.
All homes created by the printer, chief safety officer Sal Pane explained, are also fire, hurricane, tornado and mold resistant and can be powerwashed out should there be a disaster, also further potentially reducing costs of insurance.
It all started a few years ago when president Rob Smith, a retired auto body shop owner, and Mario Szczepanski, a design engineer for stormwater filtration systems, opened S-Squared 3D Printers Inc. of Long Island and set up shop in Medford. At that time the focus was solely on 3D printing, working with local libraries and school districts. They began with their first printer, then designed a few others with a goal of making 3D printing more accessible and affordable.
That was until they were introduced to Pane with an idea of a lifetime — 3D printing concrete homes on-site. By last year, the team found an investor, the owner of Prestige Worldwide Inc., a company that buys startup companies with potential, and set them up in a shop located in Patchogue to build their machines. New to the team this year is chief engineer Kirk Andersen.
In addition to the all the possibilities of 3D printing and with the help of their CEO and operations manager Jim Michel and media director Constantine Chutis, the company also offers virtual reality tours of the homes that will be built as well as VR experiences of the building process.
“You can practically go in the house and change and build it,’’ said Pane, explaining how buyers can design their own house down to furnishings and color finishes. “It’s really amazing. You can sit on the couch and watch TV and feel exactly what it would feel like to be in your new home.”
The company, originally hopeful of a future in Patchogue, now has plans to move their headquarters to Florida and Canada, where accommodations and regulations are much easier. S-Squared started with about four people and now has 13 full-time employees. Plans are currently being made to build a 50,000-square-foot facility using the mobile concrete building printer. The new state-of-art-facility, he said, would provide more than 50 to 100 full-time jobs within the next two years in the fields of engineering, graphic design, software management, computer programming, and more.
“We really wanted to stay in Patchogue, but at the end of the day, we will be taking 50 to 100 jobs with us,” said Pane, stating that the company offered to build a free building in the village for permission to operate.
A utility patent was acquired earlier this year and practice printing of home demos will begin this summer at an approved site in Calverton. The plan is to build about three homes, not to be occupied, while their headquarters are being built. The team hopes to move out of state by the end of 2019. In the meantime, they have been practicing their prints and formulas at their West Main Street Patchogue location.
For more information or to contact S-Squared visit printyourfuture.com.
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