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

A $4000 3-D printed home still has some big barriers to overcome

The company, called ICON, has developed a method for printing a single-story 60sq m house out of cement in less than 24 hours - and for about half the cost of other, similar methods. 3D printing is already revolutionizing the way products are created and will continue to do so in the future, according to experts. "With 3D printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high thermal mass, and near zero-waste, but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability". It is hoped that in terms of housing, the cheap construction could start a trend for affordable housing.

The non-profit organization is now working with ICON, an Austin, Texas-based construction tech company.

This 3D Printed small concrete house costs just $10,000. The use of cement as a common material will help normalize the process for potential tenants that question the sturdiness of the structure.

These homes measure about 650 square feet.

If all goes according to plan, a community made up of about 100 homes will be constructed for residents in El Salvador next year as part of a joint project between ICON and home building charity, New Story.

"(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 said.

However, before these homes are built, ICON is planning to trial the model by 3D printing an office in Austin. However, by working alongside ICON, they now have access to the impressive Vulcan 3D printer.

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The homes now cost £7,200 ($10,000) to construct and take up to 24 hours to build, but for the production version this cost should be reduced to around £2,900 ($4,000). 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.

Now we can print virtually everything with 3D printers, although they do not all have social and humanitarian criteria in mind.

'For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses.

Ballard told The Verge that both ICON and New Story hope to use these homes when human civilization leaves Earth.

The company recently printed a home for a community in El Salvador.

"One of the big challenges is how are we going to create habitats in space", Ballard said.

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