An affordable house, 3D-printed in less than 24 hours

New Story

The 800 sq ft house - a collaboration between charity New Story, which builds homes for people in developing nations, and Icon, a robotics construction company in Texas - was showcased at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, and is believed to meet the requirements of local building codes. ICON wants to address the housing deficiency with the help of the low-priced 3D printing technique. According to The Verge, which earlier reported on ICON's concept, the 3D-printed house would be made of cement and take up to one day to be printed by large 3D robots.

The company has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit that seeks to help fix the issue of homelessness across the world. The 650-square-foot single story homes have a modern design. 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.

For this venture, ICON is collaborating with New Story, a California-based non-profit that describes itself as a "non-profit working to create a world where no human being lives in survival mode". A Silicon Valley-based company is using the technology in hopes of solving the financial housing crisis that has left a billion people without shelter.

ICON's zero energy, thermally efficient model features a living room, bathroom, bedroom, a study that could double as a second bedroom, and a wraparound porch.

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

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The current plan is to build 100 homes in El Salvador next year.

"We need a quantum leap in affordability, speed and quality to reach families exponentially faster", New Story wrote on its website. But they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts.

Eventually, ICON also wants to construct homes in the United States.

Jason Ballard, who is one of the three founders at ICON and also runs a sustainable home upgrade service called Treehouse, will use one of these homes as an office to see how well they work before the company implements them into communities. That's not all, the company is also already looking past El Salvador and the United States into space. "It's one of the more promising potential habitat technologies".

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