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$4000 3D Printed Homes for Those Who Lack Shelter

$4000 3D Printed Homes for Those Who Lack Shelter

A Texas-based start-up hopes to solve the global homelessness crisis by 3D printing homes at a cost of just $4,000.

ICON has banded together with a charitable lodging establishment New Story to take its innovation to the creating scene. The home is similar in nature to the Apis Cor house and measures just 350 sq ft (32 sq m).

ICON said it can now construct a single story house with a Vulcan printer. ICON has unveiled the Vulcan 3D printer at SXSW Festival, a manufacturing solution that could eventually provide homeless or struggling families with a roof over their heads. How such a big drop in price will come about isn't made clear. ICON is focused on creating homes in parts of the world that don't have the economic wherewithal to house the poverty-stricken.

Further into the future, the team aims to raise funding and build its 3D-printed homes in El Salvador in the next 18 months.

New Story explains on its website that previous year, the technology they needed to create homes quickly and cheaply wasn't available yet. This second iteration of 3D-printed dwellings will be a little more refined than the prototype model, measuring 600 - 800 sq ft (55 - 74 sq m) and including a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom, and a porch. "There are a few other companies that have printed homes and structures", Ballard added. The cost will make the 3D printed houses a lot cheaper than the typical American house, according to Jason Ballard, who is the co-founder of ICON.




Even though the machinery used in 3D-printing is quite costly, however, the materials can be affordable. The production version of the printer will be able to print this single-story 650 square foot house in under 24 hours for less than $4,000. For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses...

Recently some Americans also have chosen to downsize into smaller homes but these also cost almost $40,000 and are only between 200 and 400-square-feet in size.

Since these structures need to be sturdy and hospitable, the companies aren't taking any risks and will be refining the process right up until they take it over to El Salvador.

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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