Based company reveals plans for 3D printing affordable homes

Based company reveals plans for 3D printing affordable homes

Based company reveals plans for 3D printing affordable homes

New Story teamed with Texas-based ICON Technologies, to build a 3D printer specifically for the objective of constructing houses in developing countries. The use of cement as a common material will help normalize the process for potential tenants that question the sturdiness of the structure. The partners plan to build a community of affordable 100 3D-printed homes in El Salvador next year.

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. ICON isn't just focused on building homes fast, but is aiming to 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 team are looking for $600,000 for the next phase of research and development and also $400,000 of funding for 100 printed homes.

"The walls of the printed house are stronger than cinder blocks after a few days of hardening", said Icon co-founder Evan Loomis, "although the house is ready for human occupation after the home is set up - which entails crew members installing windows, a wooden roof, basic plumbing, and electrical plumbing as the house is printed". The current $6,500 homes are built to last for generations and each donation is paired directly with a family so donors can see their impact.

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New Story explains on its website that past year, the technology they needed to create homes quickly and cheaply wasn't available yet. But they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts.

Using a proprietary printer, ICON can print an entire home for about A$12,000 ($12,864) and says it plans to bring costs down to about A$5,500 per house. For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses...

But for those who don't want to live in what is essentially a kitchen with a bed, the printing method used by ICON is capable of producing a home that's up to 74sq m, about twice the size of houses typically pushed by the tiny house movement. That's not all, the company is also already looking past El Salvador and the United States into space. The company also added that its 3D printed homes will significantly reduce labor costs and will also create minimal waste. You're not going to open a two by four and open screws.

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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