Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

This Company Will 3D Print a House for $10000

A $4000 3-D printed home still has some big barriers to overcome ICON builds a 3D house in under 24 hours
Lillian Steele | 14 March, 2018, 06:21

A Texas-based company is using 3D printing technology to find a solution to the growing problem of affordable housing around the world.

'There are a few other companies that have printed homes and structures, ' Jason Ballard, one of Icon's three founders, told The Verge, 'but they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts.

ICON said it can now construct a single story house with a Vulcan printer. To date, the company has built more than 1,500 low-priced, high-efficiency homes in developing countries like Bolivia, Haiti, and Mexico.

A spokesman for the firm said: 'History has been punctuated with advances in technology and materials that provide an order-of-magnitude decrease in cost and time required to build a new home.

For this venture, ICON is collaborating with New Story, a California-based non-profit that describes itself as a "non-profit working to create a world where no human being lives in survival mode". In comparison, some Americans have chosen to downsize into "tiny homes" which can cost almost $40,000 and are only between 200 and 400-square-feet in size.

If all goes according to plan, a community made up of about 100 homes will be constructed for residents in El Salvador next year as part of a joint project between ICON and home building charity, New Story.

According to a report from the World Resources Institute's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, around 1.2 billion people live without adequate housing throughout the world.

One of the less obvious products being unveiled this week at SXSW is a small concrete house.

He believes by "printing" the homes in cement, it will ensure greater durability and give customers greater confidence in the integrity of the home. "3D printing had been our on radar but it wasn't until we got connected to ICON that we felt it would be a feasible possibility". The company hopes to bring its housing to move countries in the future. It is hoped that in terms of housing, the cheap construction could start a trend for affordable housing.

With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing. Although 3-D printing has been used in building fabrication before, printing on-site using a universally available building material is a new step.

Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale.

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