A Tech Company Is Using 3D Printed Houses To Combat Homeless

A Tech Company Is Using 3D Printed Houses To Combat Homeless

A Tech Company Is Using 3D Printed Houses To Combat Homeless

ICON, a Texas-based construction technology company, has made a breakthrough in affordable housing by 3D "printing" a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4,000. 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. Vulcan's technology is a ideal match for ICON's vision as it was created to work in the worst of circumstances and places where things like potable water and technical assistance are lacking.

The current plan is to build 100 homes in El Salvador next year.

Around 1.2 billion people on the planet live without adequate housing as per a World Resources Institute's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Report. Its first model has a living room, bedroom, and bathroom. 3D printing is already revolutionizing the way products are created and will continue to do so in the future, according to experts. A few Pakistani new companies and business visionaries have led the pack on presenting 3D-printed innovation in different scenes at the nation over.

Alexandra Lafci, co-founder of New Story, said that both the companies believe that 3D printing is going to become a technique for all types of housing. "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".

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The 3D-printed home serves as proof-of-concept for sustainable homebuilding that will allow for safer, more affordable homes for more families, faster than ever. Although 3-D printing has been used in building fabrication before, printing on-site using a universally available building material is a new step.

The properties, which are now at the concept stage, will soon be used to provide safe shelter for people in El Salvador and could one day be expanded worldwide to house billions. Within the office, the construction tech company plans to install air quality monitors and keep an eye on how the 3D printed structure looks and smells. The roof is the only part that is not 3D-printed. "But we knew traditional methods wouldn't make the linear change that's needed to impact the 1 billion people in need", New Story's CEO, Brett Hagler, told ConsumerAffairs. For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses...

"Conventional construction methods have many baked-in drawbacks and problems that we've taken for granted for so long that we forgot how to imagine any alternative", says Jason Ballard, co-founder of ICON.

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