Based company reveals plans for 3D printing affordable homes


New Story's goal for this project is to print the first community of homes for underserved families in El Salvador in the coming 18 months, and then through partnerships, scale up production to serve additional communities over the next few years. ICON can print an entire home for $10,000 and plans to bring costs down to $4,000 per house, whereas, some American homes, 200 to 400-square-feet in size cost almost $40,000. "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".

New Story and Icon debuted an initial proof-of-concept model, pictured, at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, yesterday.

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As The Verge reported, startup ICON has built an low-priced 3D printer that can print out the components of a small house in only 12 to 24 hours. New Story said "as long or longer than standard Concrete Masonry Unit built homes". The company claims that "It's much cheaper than the typical American home". On the outside, the 3D-printed house looks like common buildings there're a unique covered patio and spacious windows.

It showcased a prototype of this home at SXSW in Austin last week. The companies are targeting the end of 2018 for the first homes to be printed and expect to have the first 3D printed community completed by 2019.

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There are other groups which are working on printing houses.

New Story utilizes locally sourced materials for dwellings today, and they plan to do the same with 3D-printed houses, which will be comprised of a mortar.

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As we've seen in cases both inside and outside of the construction sector, 3D printing offers many benefits other than just being very quick. The company's co-founders told The Verge that it will be using the model home as an office to see how its idea shakes out. The technology also tends to reduce waste and manual labor costs. Although 3-D printing has been used in building fabrication before, printing on-site using a universally available building material is a new step. 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.