More than a billion people in the world don’t have an adequate house. An Austin, Texas-based startup and a nonprofit think they have a solution. 3D Printing Houses
Construction startup ICON and nonprofit housing organization New Story say they can 3D print small homes in 24 hours at half the cost. That could, truly, revolutionize affordable home building in the places with the worst needs for basic shelter.
The venture unveiled its first fully built house, in Austin, during South By Southwest.
“The production version of the printer will have the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4,000,” the group says on its website. “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 designed to function with nearly zero waste production methods and work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages.”
The companies are planning to start soon on a whole community in El Salvador.