Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW

Marco Green
March 13, 2018

Together, the two companies built a 3-D printed home designed for the developing world and unveiled their $4,000 house in Austin, Texas, on Monday."People have been making homes the same way for the last 50 years", New Story CEO Brett Hagler told Inman in an interview.

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

Detail of cement layers on 3D printed house by ICON, in Austin, TX.

The company has partnered with housing solutions nonprofit New Story. "This isn't 10 percent better, it's 10 times better".

The 800 sq ft house contains a living room, bathroom, bedroom, and a study that doubles as another bedroom. The charity works with local workers, and they say that traditional building methods provide around four jobs for each house.

"(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 said. ICON wants to address the housing deficiency with the help of the low-priced 3D printing technique.

Icon hopes to commercialise this solution, which could allow families to customise their own homes and build on land that they own. New Story has already built homes for communities in Bolivia and Haiti.

Once testing is complete on their model, the Vulcan printer will be moved to El Salvador to begin construction. The company also added that its 3D printed homes will significantly reduce labor costs and will also create minimal waste. They plan to keep homes simple to minimize maintenance costs. 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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