March 24, 2018

A Company Is Building 3D-Printed Homes For Just $10000

14 March 2018, 06:21 | Kara Nash

Icon’s house printer the Vulcan

Icon’s house printer the Vulcan

ICON, a Texas-based construction technology company, has made a breakthrough in affordable housing by 3D "printing" a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4,000. ICON and New Story worked in close partnership with several other organizations to develop the Vulcan printer including Pump Studios, Yaskawa Electric, Alchemy Builders, TreeHouse, Andrew Logan Architecture, Linestar Automation and The University of Texas.

In order to 3D print a building, however, ICON needs to create a schematic.

The current plan is to build 100 homes in El Salvador next year.

Right now, about 1.2 billion people in cities around the world lack affordable and secure housing, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which equals about 330 million households.

ICON's zero energy, thermally efficient model features a living room, bathroom, bedroom, a study that could double as a second bedroom, and a wraparound porch.

While the company's main objective is to help reverse the global housing crisis, it also plans to build community-wide buy-in through the creation of manufacturing jobs that utilize local labor in those impoverished areas. The company is planning to explore the possibility of printing roofs as well.

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According to its website, the company wants to leverage the power of robotics and cutting-edge materials to "make major advancements in affordability, building performance and sustainability". It is hoped that in terms of housing, the cheap construction could start a trend for affordable housing.

These homes aren't part of the "tiny house" movement and you won't see suburbs of these 3D houses popping up across America. New Story has already built homes for communities in Bolivia and Haiti. For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses...

The process is created to minimise labour costs and waste materials.

"Conventional construction methods have many baked-in drawbacks and problems that we've taken for granted for so long that we forgot how to imagine any alternative", says Jason Ballard, co-founder of ICON.

Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale. "We are going to install air quality monitors". Ballard has noted that creating habitats in space is a huge challenge, but one-day communities will live off-Earth.

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