This Company Will 3D Print a House for $10000

This Company Will 3D Print a House for $10000

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. But to start, the early-stage company is building a prototype for affordable, 3-D printed housing for the developing world.Icon partnered with the nonprofit New Story, which provides housing to families in need in El Salvador, Haiti and soon Mexico.

There are countless people across the globe without adequate housing and despite all of the efforts being made by governments and non-profits, there's still a long way to go before housing can be secured for those in dire need of it. ICON, a startup based in Austin, demonstrated a low-priced 3D-printed home that's being presented as a potential solution to this global problem.

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.

Rendering of 3D-printing houses using the Vulcan 3D printer. "I think if we were printing in plastic we would encounter some issues", explains co-founder of ICON, Jason Ballard.

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

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.

How long will the homes last? But they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts. If all goes according to plan, we may soon see the Vulcan 3D printing homes in the United States as well.

In the meantime, if you'd like to join the effort to eliminate homelessness on Planet Earth, you can donate to the cause on the New Story website.

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