Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

USA start-up debuts innovative 3D printed home

USA start-up debuts innovative 3D printed home

ICON has recently built the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America in partnership with the non-profit New Story, and is working with them to create a mobile printer for the developing world that has the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4000. Some $ 4,000 costs a ready-made houses from Vulcan's hands. Both association now mean to fabricate a group of 100 homes in El Salvador one year from now utilizing the Vulcan printer.

The presentation at SXSW comes after a report from the World Resources Institute estimated that 1.2 billion people live in cities without affordable or secure housing.

The model house that was unveiled had a curved porch, bathroom, bedroom, and living room.

Many industry experts say 3D printing is already revolutionizing the way products are created and will only continue to do so in the future.

ICON's main aim is not to just build homes fast, but make them extremely affordable as well.

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"(ICON) believes, as do I, that 3D printing is going to be a method for all kinds of housing", New Story co-founder Alexandria Lafci said. The latest organization to adopt 3D printing into its humanitarian efforts is New Story. "How does it look and how does it smell?" founder Jason Ballard told The Verge.

The properties, which are now at the concept stage, will soon be used to provide safe shelter for people in El Salvador and could one day be expanded worldwide to house billions. On the outside, it doesn't look like anything particularly special, although the covered patio and spacious windows are less common on tiny poured-concrete buildings. Although 3-D printing has been used in building fabrication before, printing on-site using a universally available building material is a new step. The roof is the only part that is not 3D-printed. The company also added that its 3D printed homes will significantly reduce labor costs and will also create minimal waste.

'For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses.

In homes, small 3D printers can be used to create toys for kids. He explains: "One of the big challenges is how are we going to create habitats in space..." Through their proprietary 3D printing technology and cutting-edge materials, ICON provides sustainable solutions to a number of our world's most pressing issues, including the pandemic of homelessness in the developing world, the difficulty of constructing off-planet space habitats, and the exorbitant cost of customized housing.

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