3D printed houses are a thing… and affordable

3D printed houses

Having a roof over your head is one of the basic needs of being human, but over 1-billion people in the world do not have it according to a report from the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities of the World Resources Institute.

To try to solve this serious reality in some of the poorest cities of the planet, the construction technology startup ICON and the non-profit organization New Story, recently presented their version of a 3D printed house at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

The model measures around 60 square meters and consists of a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and shed.

Can you believe that it was printed in less than 24 hours and that its price was $10,000 dollars? (Something like $197,000 pesos).

Surely you have already seen other models because these types of solutions have also been deployed – literally – in countries such as Russia, Dubai or Amsterdam. However, this is the first house printed in 3D that has been built in the United States.

In the video, you can see that the crane ‘printer’, called Vulcan, pours a mixture of concrete in a pattern dictated by software. The difference is that the wall does not rise at one time, but is formed through layers so that the structure grows from nothing. The printer consists of an axis set on a track, which gives it a flexible and theoretically unlimited printing area.


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The intention of its creators is to lower the price of $10,000 to $4,000 dollars to take this technology to developing countries.

In fact, New Story has already built other houses in Haiti, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Mexico. Their goal now is to raise $600,000 to finance 100 homes in El Salvador.

It is expected that in 2019 families can live in the first community of houses printed in 3D.

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