A prototype house consisting of a single storey living room, two bedrooms and bathroom was showcased this week at the annual technology festival South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, and unlike traditional 3D printers, uses concrete rather than plastic.
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.
By Joe Quirke0 CommentsSan Francisco-based charity New Story has teamed with Texan construction technology firm Icon to 3D-print homes for $4,000 each.
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Right now, about 1.2 billion people in cities around the world lack affordable and secure housing, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which equals about 330 million households.
The house 3D printer will be able to address more than just housing issues in developing nations such as El Salvador, which is one of the countries that New Story operates in, but also that of affordable homes in the US. Within the office, the construction tech company plans to install air quality monitors and keep an eye on how the 3D printed structure looks and smells. According to Alexandria Lafci, co-founder of New Story, the charity has also been 3D printing homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia. The company claims that "It's much cheaper than the typical American home". A few Pakistani new companies and business visionaries have led the pack on presenting 3D-printed innovation in different scenes at the nation over. In homes, at the moment small 3D printers can be used to create toys for children. The first family could move into their 3D-printed house in the second or third quarter of 2019. The company is planning to explore the possibility of printing roofs as well. "It's one of the more promising potential habitat technologies".
The printers can create a 3D structure using different materials, including food, cement.