Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

3D printing project aimed at revolutionizing low-priced housing

3D printing project aimed at revolutionizing low-priced housing

New Story and Icon debuted an initial proof-of-concept model, pictured, at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, yesterday.

The company says it can now build their single-story home for $10,000 using an industrial-sized Vulcan printer but is working to drop that cost to $4,000. The company says it will be able to lower that to a mere $4,000.

It was teamed up with worldwide housing solutions nonprofit New Story for this project. ICON plans to use the technology to build a 100-home community in El Salvador next year.

Further into the future, the team aims to raise funding and build its 3D-printed homes in El Salvador in the next 18 months.

The production version of the printer will have the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4,000.

Around 1.2 billion people globally live without adequate housing, according to the World Resources Institute's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

"(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 said. A few Pakistani new companies and business visionaries have led the pack on presenting 3D-printed innovation in different scenes at the nation over. "With 3D printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high thermal mass, and near zero-waste, but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability". However, the technology for suspending concrete as it prints is not feasible yet.

Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale. One of them is Apis Cor in Russian Federation.

The high-powered innovators behind ICON and the first global initiative with New Story include a cross section of engineers, environmentalists, designers and entrepreneurs.

After solving the vast housing and homelessness problems that plague the Earth, Ballard hopes to use 3D printing to help humans build homes in outer space.

Icon first creates a schematic, which is then fed into a computer that instructs the printer how and where to place the cement. It is hoped that in terms of housing, the cheap construction could start a trend for affordable housing.

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