Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW

Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW

It was a joint effort of ICON with the non-governmental organization New Story that made it all, a portable three-dimensional printer that is called Vulcan, which not only can deliver 75 square meters in less than 24 hours but also does it in fractions of traditional costs. At the annual film and innovation festival known as SXSW, the company showed off how it could construct a 650-square-foot house out of cement in one day.

ICON has partnered with a nonprofit housing foundation New Story to take its technology to the developing world.

However, before these homes are built, ICON is planning to trial the model by 3D printing an office in Austin.

Currently, it costs $10,000 to 3D print a home with the Vulcan 3D printer. The company claims that "It's much cheaper than the typical American home". In comparison, some Americans have chosen to downsize into "tiny homes" which can cost almost $40,000 and are only between 200 and 400-square-feet in size. To combat this deficiency, an Austin-based startup has proposed a solution of developing a house by using low-priced 3D printing.

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According to a report from the World Resources Institute's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, around 1.2 billion people live without adequate housing throughout the world.

A prototype house has been built in Austin, Texas, and the team plans to build a 100-home community in El Salvador.

"(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. The printer gives out a custom blend of concrete that hardens as it's printed. The first family could move into their 3D-printed house in the second or third quarter of 2019. In homes, at the moment small 3D printers can be used to create toys for children.

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