Invest in 3D printed houses
I am sitting here, writing and researching article after article for this website and I am getting more and more intrigued by the idea of 3D printed construction. Whenever I realize how much perspective 3D printed houses have, I wonder if as someone who has had some experiences with stocks, if I could capitalize on that. Definitely, 3D printed houses could make you a lot of money investing, stay with me to learn how! Since I did the research anyways, I thought I might as well share it with you guys, so here is my investment guide on “How to invest in 3D printed houses“:
There are a couple ways to bet on the field of 3D printed construction, so you should consider if you want to buy houses, stocks, fonds or support the company as an angel investor. After that, find the right companies whom you trust to make progress in the 3D printing industry and make sure not to put all your eggs in one basket. Since the technology is fairly new, most of the companies are start-ups, so have a high risk of failing. Ways to establish some safety in your portfolio might be investing in multiple different construction companies or maybe adding some stocks with little volatility such as bonds or the S&P 500. Make sure you do not invest blindly in companies, make sure they spend enoguh time on product development and new technologies, since this is a very important aspect of startups succeeding in this niche.
For everyone who is serious about investing in 3D printed construction I have put together a few tips on how to invest and what to watch out for. Please note that all of this is my own research and experience, I am in no way any sort of financial advisor and obviously you can lose money selling stocks…
1. Calculate the risk
No matter how promising the 3D printed house might sound, there are no garanties in investing. ;aybe there is one major problem with 3D printed construction which we simply overlooked? Maybe 3D printed construction will be going great but you invested in the wrong companies? Maybe 3D printed construction is going great, you invested in the right companies but sold at a bad time? There are many ways this investment could go wrong, but we know that so you can plan ahead. The golden rule is: Never put all your eggs in one basket. In other words: Don’t make your entire portfolio rely on 3D printed construction. Realize, that this is a more risky investment and you migh balance it by adding a few less risky ones to your portfolio. You could add some bonds for example, or maybe invest in the S&P 500, if those are stocks you trust. Even within your 3D printing investment, don’t put all your money into one company.
2. Find the right company
When looking for the right company, you shouldn’t go for the ones which are only interested in huge publicity stunts and pull off one 3D printed construction speed challenge after another. Rather try to go deep into the company, learn about their patents, their successes, how much it costs them to build houses and all of those things. As of now, there are not that many companies with public stocks though, so the selection is not as large as you might think. Just make a list of 3D printed construction company and so some research on them, then you can decide which one is a good choice. Don’t be fooled by big media stunts and lurid headlines, what’s important are their technologies and the efficiency with which they build the houses. Some big players in the 3D printing market include:
3. Timing is key
It’s no secret that in order to make money by investing one should usually buy low and sell high. This is why you might consider waiting with your investments until there is some sort of overreaction in the market, something big in the media discrediting 3D printed houses or maybe a gerneral crisis. If you trust the 3D printed construction industry to recover, this is the time to buy a lot of stocks at a rather cheap price. Also, considering there is one 3D printed construction company in which you are fairly confident to make it big, which does not have stocks available yet, you might wait for them to release stocks or establish other ways to invest.
4. Consider angel investing
Now, this is a possibly very lucrative opportunity for those of you, who are financially well endowed. In some countries this is highly regulated. Although, you don’t have to stop reading, even if you are not taking baths like Scrooge McDuck… There is a way for something similar, just for people with less money, it’s called equity crowdfunding. This is not always possible though, so maybe contact the company owners if you are interested in this field. For angle investing, it is usually recommended/necessary to have a net worth of at least one million dollars and a yearly income of around 200 000 Dollars. If you meet these requirements, angel investing is a very good way to increase your money. Usually it is not completely hands-off passive income, most angel investors try to help the business from which they acquired equity in order to maximize their outcome. This is why it often helps to have some prior experience in the business and startup world, even though it is not required. For some company owners, the support of an experienced businessman is as important as the financial aid, just look at shows like shark tank. As an angel investor you usually have more of a say in the company and your ideas are more likely to be realized. Some angel invest might not pay out at all, so make sure that all the money you invest does not put your existence at risk in any way if you lose it. This style of investing is ideal for startups, which is why in the 3D printed construction industry it might be a smart way to go, considering you have the necessary cash laying around.
5. Investing in a 3D printed house
Another way to capitalize on the potential growth of the 3D printed construction industry might be to buy a 3D printed house and hope for an increase in value. Personally, I would not recommend this option, because there are many ways to make 3D printing cheaper and cheaper, so by investing in a house you might even lose money as building becomes less and less expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I think buying a 3D printed house for yourself to live in or to rent out is a whole different story. It is a good quality house, and by renting it out you might quickly get your initial investment back, so that way you can make some passive income. But simply holding and speculating about an increase in value might not be the best idea, given the current fast pace of developments. It would be like buying a large number of iPhones now, stocking them in your basements and hoping for them to increase in value…. This is simply not going to happen, so if you buy 3D printed houses, make sure it’s not a speculative buy. Either make money of the rent or the immediate resale, or use it as an inexpensive way to live there yourself.
6. Automated construction
If you aren’t dead set on 3D printed construction, you might want to look into the general industry of automated construction. Fastbricks robotics for example has already gone public a while ago, selling shares currently at a little above 2 cents a pice on the australian stock exchange. Don’t be fooled by low prices though, their market capitalization is still above 60 million, if you think they might rise you could add this company to your growth portfolio. As to what they do, they have built the Hadrian X, a robot which can lay bricks at an incredible speed and hope to, not unlike 3D printing, change the construction industry.
There are many lucrative ways to invest in this steadily growing field. Nevertheless, there are also many things to consider, if you want to invest your money as smart as possible. If you don’t want to put in the work, don’t invest in 3D printed construction. If you do, great! You have great ways to capitalize on this industry, no matter which way of investing you choose. Just make sure to always be up to date on the newest developments in the industry, maybe consider subscribing to my newsletter and always be informed about the most recent events in this field.