Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW

  • Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW

Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW

They've found a way to 3D-print 600 to 800-square-foot houses for $4,000 in under one day - and they recently unveiled "the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America".

The company has partnered with housing solutions nonprofit New Story. ICON isn't just focused on building homes fast, but is aiming to make them extremely affordable as well. To build the house, ICON developed a mobile 3D printer called the Vulcan, which is created to operate in conditions where power isn't reliable and potable water isn't readily available - like rural El Salvador or Haiti.

"The walls of the printed house are stronger than cinder blocks after a few days of hardening", said Icon co-founder Evan Loomis, "although the house is ready for human occupation after the home is set up - which entails crew members installing windows, a wooden roof, basic plumbing, and electrical plumbing as the house is printed".

Recently some Americans also have chosen to downsize into smaller homes but these also cost almost $40,000 and are only between 200 and 400-square-feet in size. To combat this deficiency, an Austin-based startup has proposed a solution of developing a house by using low-priced 3D printing.

Affordable housing will prove critical to sheltering people around the world.

Together, ICON and New Story are 3D printing homes using a cement mixture.

The concrete is laid out in 100 strands that are about one inch thick and hold their shape as they harden.

Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale.

The company hopes to commercialize its house-printing technology in the United States in the long run, where housing shortages are reaching alarming levels in some larger cities.