Low-priced 3D-Printed Home Will Help Overcome Housing Shortages

This wasn't there the day before

This wasn't there the day before

The home was unveiled in March 2018 in Austin, TX and was built using a prototype of the mobile printer ICON is creating for New Story and the developing world.

'There are a few other companies that have printed homes and structures, ' Jason Ballard, one of Icon's three founders, told The Verge, 'but they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts.

Using an industrial sized Vulcan printer, ICON says it can now build their single-story home for $10,000 but is working to drop that cost to just $4,000.

The company has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit that seeks to help fix the issue of homelessness across the world.

ICON has introduced a new method of producing homes with a massive 3D 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.

As The Verge reported, startup ICON has built an low-cost 3D printer that can print out the components of a small house in only 12 to 24 hours.

The 3D Vulcan printer which was used in making the house is reported to be massive, but still portable.

"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 added.

The team are looking for $600,000 for the next phase of research and development and also $400,000 of funding for 100 printed homes.

ICON would also like to develop robots in the future that could automatically install the windows, as well drones that could spray-paint the exterior walls. The printer, called the Vulcan, is created to work under the constraints that are common in places like Haiti and rural El Salvador where power can be unpredictable, potable water is not a guarantee and technical assistance is sparse.

With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing. One of them is Apis Cor in Russian Federation.

Once testing of the design has been completed, Icon will move the Vulcan printer to El Salvador to start building work on its new planned community. To battle this inadequacy, an Austin-based startup has proposed an answer of building up a house by utilizing ease 3D printing.

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