This Company Will 3D Print a House for $10000

Darnell Taylor
March 13, 2018

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. One of its founders, Jason Ballard, will be testing out the home by living in it.

The spotlight on this breakthrough falls on ICON's proprietary 3D printer "Vulcan" that uses a unique mix of concrete that hardens as it is printed.

One billion people on Earth lack access to adequate housing - but that could change if ICON and New Story are successful.

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

"(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.

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Now that the proof of concept has been finished, ICON and New Story will be moving into phase two by taking the idea to El Salvador and printing its first homes there.

ICON's main aim is not to just build homes fast, but make them extremely affordable as well. To battle this inadequacy, an Austin-based startup has proposed an answer of building up a house by utilizing ease 3D printing. The company is planning to explore the possibility of printing roofs as well.

There are other groups which are working on printing houses.

The company hopes to commercialize its house-printing technology in the United States in the long run, where housing shortages are reaching alarming levels in some larger cities. In homes, at the moment small 3D printers can be used to create toys for children.

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