Currently, it costs $10,000 to 3D print a home with the Vulcan 3D printer.
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. The partners plan to build a community of affordable 100 3D-printed homes in El Salvador next year.
ICON's main aim is not to just build homes fast, but make them extremely affordable as well.
The team are looking for $600,000 for the next phase of research and development and also $400,000 of funding for 100 printed homes.
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"(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. "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".
Startup company ICON, located in Austin, has recently revealed a new technique of building small homes.
Even though the machinery used in 3D-printing is quite costly, however, the materials can be affordable.
The properties, which are now at the concept stage, will soon be used to provide safe shelter for people in El Salvador and could one day be expanded worldwide to house billions. One of its founders, Jason Ballard, will be testing out the home by living in it.
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3D printed houses, according to him, is one of the more promising technologies for creating habitats in the future. However, by working alongside ICON, they now have access to the impressive Vulcan 3D printer. New Story has already built homes for communities in Bolivia and Haiti.
The portable printer is created to function with near zero-waste and to work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages in underserved communities throughout the world. For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses...
Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale. Through their proprietary 3D printing technology and cutting-edge materials, ICON provides sustainable solutions to a number of our world's most pressing issues, including the pandemic of homelessness in the developing world, the difficulty of constructing off-planet space habitats, and the exorbitant cost of customized housing.
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