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

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

To combat this deficiency, an Austin-based startup has proposed a solution of developing a house by using low-priced 3D printing. As a part of this effort, ICON has developed cutting-edge materials tested to the most recognized standards of safety, comfort and resiliency and is created to function with almost zero waste production methods and work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages.

Icon hopes to commercialise this solution, which could allow families to customise their own homes and build on land that they own.

The construction company ICON is working together with the charity New Story to combat inadequate housing across the globe. The 650-square-foot single story homes have a modern design.

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.

Partnering with housing solutions nonprofit New Story, the Texas builders are hoping to achieve their vision of creating sustainable, "quality homes accessible to everyone". 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.

The model, which the company showed off at tech and music fair South by Southwest this week, boasts a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a curved porch.

"There are a few other companies that have printed homes and structures".

Incredible houses printed from cement could help to end the global housing crisis, according to the company behind their creation. ICON plans to use the technology to build a 100-home community in El Salvador next year.

With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing. The roof is the only part that is not 3D-printed.

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

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. Ballard has noted that creating habitats in space is a huge challenge, but one-day communities will live off-Earth. "It's one of the more promising potential habitat technologies".


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