ICON has recently built the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America in partnership with the non-profit New Story, and is working with them to create a mobile printer for the developing world that has the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4000.
Using a proprietary printer, ICON can print an entire home for about A$12,000 ($12,864) and says it plans to bring costs down to about A$5,500 per house.
But for those who don't want to live in what is essentially a kitchen with a bed, the printing method used by ICON is capable of producing a home that's up to 74sq m, about twice the size of houses typically pushed by the tiny house movement. Both association now mean to fabricate a group of 100 homes in El Salvador one year from now utilizing the Vulcan printer.
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 model features a living room, bathroom, a curved porch, and bedroom.
With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing. If all goes according to plan, we may soon see the Vulcan 3D printing homes in the United States as well. "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".
After construction, the charity will follow up with the community, using what they call "impact data", which measures the impact of a home on education, well-being, income and community building. On the outside, the 3D-printed house looks like common buildings there're a unique covered patio and spacious windows.
Even though the machinery used in 3D-printing is quite costly, however, the materials can be low-priced.
The process is created to minimise labour costs and waste materials.
See the 3D printed home in the video above. That's not all, the company is also already looking past El Salvador and the United States into space.
Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale. He explains: "One of the big challenges is how are we going to create habitats in space..."