Startup Company To Build 3D Print Homes For $10000

Randolph Lopez
March 14, 2018

ICON hopes to create sustainable and quality homes accessible to everyone in partnership with housing solutions nonprofit New Story.

ICON has recently built the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America in partnership with the non-profit New Story, and is working with them to create a mobile printer for the developing world that has the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4000.

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 printers can create a 3D structure using different materials, including food, cement.

The firm has teamed up with New Story, a nonprofit that invests in worldwide housing, and plans to build around 100 new homes in El Salvador within the next 18 months.

Icon aims to provide the printer, which they believe will be able to produce at least 1,000 homes, for less than £72,000 ($100,000). On the outside, the 3D-printed house looks like common buildings there're a unique covered patio and spacious windows. "Linear methods will never reach the billion+ people who need safe homes", said Brett Hagler, CEO of New Story.

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See the 3D printed home in the video above. But they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts. ICON and New Story worked in close partnership with several other organizations to develop the Vulcan printer including Pump Studios, Yaskawa Electric, Alchemy Builders, TreeHouse, Andrew Logan Architecture, Linestar Automation and The University of Texas.

'For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses.

Jason Ballard, one of ICON's three founders says, "One of the big challenges is how are we going to create habitats in space", "You're not going to open a two by four and open screws".

Once testing of the design has been completed, Icon will move the Vulcan printer to El Salvador to start building work on its new planned community. That's not all, the company is also already looking past El Salvador and the United States into space.

As we've seen in cases both inside and outside of the construction sector, 3D printing offers many benefits other than just being very quick.

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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