This Company Will 3D Print a House for $10000

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A startup called ICON says it can make a 650-square-foot house using 3-D printing in 12 to 24 hours.

ICON said it can now construct a single story house with a Vulcan printer.

In order to 3D print a building, however, ICON needs to create a schematic.

The model unveiled at SXSW has a living room, bathroom, bedroom, and a curved porch.

With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing.

The home was presented very recently, in March 2018, in Austin, Texas, and the printer is now packaged for the developing world.

"ICON believes, as do I, that 3D printing is going to be a method for all kinds of housing", New Story co-founder Alexandria Lafci added. "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".

Together, ICON and New Story are 3D printing homes using a cement mixture. 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.

These homes aren't part of the "tiny house" movement and you won't see suburbs of these 3D houses popping up across America.

"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.

'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.

The portable printer is created to function with near zero-waste and to work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages in underserved communities throughout the world.

In homes, small 3D printers can be used to create toys for kids.

"One of the big challenges is how are we going to create habitats in space", Ballard said. Through their proprietary 3D printing technology and cutting-edge materials, ICON provides sustainable solutions to a number of our world's most pressing issues, including the pandemic of homelessness in the developing world, the difficulty of constructing off-planet space habitats, and the exorbitant cost of customized housing.

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