The first affordable 3D-printed housing model was yesterday unveiled by Austin-based startup ICON. The company uses the Vulcan 3D printer in order to generate an entire home for $10,000 with plans to bring costs down to $4,000 per house. Using concrete rather than plastic, the model features a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a curved porch.
"ICON has developed a method for printing a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours, a fraction of the time it takes for new construction." - theverge.com
The first model is a step toward providing shelter to those underserved communities. Jason Ballard, one of ICON's three founders, says he is going to trial the model as an office to test out their practical use. Once testing is complete on their model, the Vulcan printer will be moved to El Salvador to begin construction. ICON also intends to build homes in the US.
The model will have a living room, bedroom, bathroom and a curved porch. 'There are a few companies that have printed home and structures", Baillard says. "But they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts. For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses."
ICON says its 3D-printed houses will create minimal waste and labor costs are significantly reduced.