$4000 3D Printed Homes for Those Who Lack Shelter

Icon’s house printer the Vulcan

Icon’s house printer the Vulcan

ICON can print an entire home for $10,000 and plans to bring costs down to $4,000 per house, whereas, some American homes, 200 to 400-square-feet in size cost almost $40,000.

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

ICON's zero energy, thermally efficient model features a living room, bathroom, bedroom, a study that could double as a second bedroom, and a wraparound porch. To date, the company has built more than 1,500 low-priced, high-efficiency homes in developing countries like Bolivia, Haiti, and Mexico. ICON is focused on creating homes in parts of the world that don't have the economic wherewithal to house the poverty-stricken.

The company has partnered with housing solutions nonprofit New Story.

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According to New Story, the construction process produces no waste and the homes themselves are able to withstand harsh climates and other constraints such as limited water, power and labour.

Together, ICON and New Story are 3D printing homes using a cement mixture. According to Alexandria Lafci, co-founder of New Story, the charity has also been 3D printing homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia. "3D printing had been our on radar but it wasn't until we got connected to ICON that we felt it would be a feasible possibility". And now the price to build a home is coming down. The company claims that "It's much cheaper than the typical American home".

Even though the machinery used in 3D-printing is quite costly, however, the materials can be cheap. For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses...

3D-printing has become more accessible all around the globe, however, the of adoption of any large-scale utilization of 3D-printing technology is still a challenge.

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