This 3D Printed Small Concrete House Costs Just $10000

Mae Love
March 13, 2018

There are countless people across the globe without adequate housing and despite all of the efforts being made by governments and non-profits, there's still a long way to go before housing can be secured for those in dire need of it. ICON, a startup based in Austin, demonstrated a low-priced 3D-printed home that's being presented as a potential solution to this global problem. ICON can print a whole home for $10,000 and plans to bring costs down to $4,000 per house, though, some American homes, 200 to 400-square-feet in measure cost about $40,000.

The presentation at SXSW comes after a report from the World Resources Institute estimated that 1.2 billion people live in cities without affordable or secure housing.

It was teamed up with worldwide housing solutions nonprofit New Story for this project.

"(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. If all goes according to plan, the companies are hoping to make about 100 homes for residents in El Salvador next year.

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This 3D Printed small concrete house costs just $10,000. The strength of the printed walls are said to be stronger than cinderblocks after a few days of hardening, but the house is entirely habitable after it's been set up. The company is planning to explore the possibility of printing roofs as well. However, by working alongside ICON, they now have access to the impressive Vulcan 3D printer. The first family could move into their 3D-printed house in the second or third quarter of 2019.

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

Despite the fact that the hardware utilized as a part of 3D-printing is very exorbitant, notwithstanding, the materials can be cheap.

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