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Black Buffalo 3D and Alquist partner on 3D printed affordable housing

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Black Buffalo 3D, a manufacturer of construction 3D printers, signed a strategic partnership with Alquist, affordable home builder, well-known for their 3D printed home projects throughout the United States, including the first fully permitted 3D printed home in Virginia. This global partnership will allow Alquist to utilize Black Buffalo 3D NexCon large-scale construction printers for future housing and infrastructure projects.

“Rather than moving into the industry as a contractor, Black Buffalo 3D has focused on real-world testing, 3D-printer design, and materials science to create the perfect tool for the construction industry to close the gap on affordable housing and print needed infrastructure and precast materials on-site and on-demand,” stated Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Black Buffalo 3D. “After meeting with the Alquist team, it became clear that we had many synergies, and they are highly qualified to showcase our technology and contribute to our goal of creating a smarter and more sustainable society.”

Alquist is committed to alleviating the gap of affordable housing in the United States, with a strong focus on rural America. Back in June 2021, they built the first 3D printed home for sale on the East Coast. That project–completed in partnership with Virginia Housing and Virginia Tech–helped prove that 3D printed homes can deliver significant monetary savings and environmental benefits over traditionally built wood-framed homes. The Alquist team was able to attract national attention and is now slated to print communities in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and more. Alquist is a developer, partnering to demonstrate the value of new building technologies and sustainable materials for affordable, energy-efficient homes.

Black Buffalo 3D, a manufacturer of construction 3D printers, signed a strategic partnership with Alquist, affordable home builder
Alquist aims to transform affordable housing options for the Richmond, VA region, offering homes that benefit economically without sacrificing their appearance.

“After visiting Black Buffalo 3D’s factory, the investments they have made in their team, 3D construction printers, and ink were apparent. The quality of their printed walls are terrific, and their manufacturing capacity will help us bring printers to more sites, print more affordable housing developments, and create new job opportunities in North America and beyond,” remarked Zachary Mannheimer, CEO and founder of Alquist.

This partnership allows Black Buffalo 3D to focus on its strengths of innovation, R&D and scaling the manufacturing of its 3D printers and proprietary construction inks while Alquist gains even more experience and continue to lead the industry in architectural design, residential construction, and the use of 3D technologies to develop communities of affordable and sustainable housing units.

The Black Buffalo NexCon Line of 3D construction printers are available on a first-come-first-serve basis via reservation as the company scales production to meet demand.  For more information on each business and upcoming project visit and and follow each on social media.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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