Startups unveil $4000 home built with a 3-D printer

Startups unveil $4000 home built with a 3-D printer

This 3D Printed small concrete house costs just $10,000. Together, the two companies built a 3-D printed home designed for the developing world and unveiled their $4,000 house in Austin, Texas, on Monday."People have been making homes the same way for the last 50 years", New Story CEO Brett Hagler told Inman in an interview.

A report from the World Resources Institute estimated that 1.2 billion people now live in cities without affordable or secure housing.

ICON hopes to create sustainable and quality homes accessible to everyone in partnership with housing solutions nonprofit New Story.

ICON wants to address the housing deficiency with the help of the low-priced 3D printing technique.

Chinese company WinSun and San Francisco's Aptis Cor are among the leaders in the field, with the latter 3D printing a 400 square foot house in Russian Federation last week using a mobile printer. ICON is focused on creating homes in parts of the world that don't have the economic wherewithal to house the poverty-stricken.

Once testing is complete on their model, the Vulcan printer will be moved to El Salvador to begin construction. At SXSW, the organization flaunted a 3D-printed house which includes a parlor, room, washroom, and bended patio. "It's much cheaper than the typical American home", ICON co-founder Jason Ballard said.

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 concrete is laid out in 100 strands that are about one inch thick and hold their shape as they harden. "There are a few other companies that have printed homes and structures", Ballard added.

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. However, the technology for suspending concrete as it prints is not feasible yet. However, by working alongside ICON, they now have access to the impressive Vulcan 3D printer.

With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing.

The printers can create a 3D structure using different materials, including food, cement.

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