Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW

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A start-up based in Austin, Texas will be mass producing small homes using 3D printing technology to find a solution to the problem of affordable housing around the world. The company says it will be able to lower that to a mere $4,000.

ICON has developed a method for 3D-printing of a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in just 12 to 24 hours.

ICON hopes to create sustainable and quality homes accessible to everyone in partnership with housing solutions nonprofit New Story. 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.

However, before these homes are built, ICON is planning to trial the model by 3D printing an office in Austin. One of its founders, Jason Ballard, will be testing out the home by living in it. The company also added that its 3D printed homes will significantly reduce labor costs and will also create minimal waste.

Rendering of 3D-printing houses using the Vulcan 3D printer.

A report from the World Resources Institute estimated that 1.2 billion people now live in cities without affordable or secure housing.

It's eventually going to move the printer to El Salvador where it's going to create a community of around 100 homes printed using these materials.

The printer itself can be transported from location to location using a truck, and is estimated to have the capacity to print up to 1,000 houses. The printer gives out a custom blend of concrete that hardens as it's printed. A few Pakistani new companies and business visionaries have led the pack on presenting 3D-printed innovation in different scenes at the nation over.

A wooden roof, windows, plumbing and wiring was installed by human engineers shortly after printing, but robots could be programmed to fit windows automatically in the future, Quartz reported. However, the technology for suspending concrete as it prints is not feasible yet.

Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale. One of them is Apis Cor in Russian Federation.

The company hopes to commercialize its house-printing technology in the United States in the long run, where housing shortages are reaching alarming levels in some larger cities.

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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