By the Kent Redding Group
AUSTIN, TX. – Are 3D Printed homes coming soon to Austin? The answer is yes! At the 2018 South-By-Southwest (SXSW) Festival, 3D printing was on display for everyone to see when Icon, a local construction technologies company unveiled its plans for bringing 3D printed homes to the United States.
Thanks to recent reports we know that Icon can use their 3D printing technology to print a home in 24 hours for $10,000 although their goal is to eventually bring the cost of 3D printed homes down to $4,000.
1.2 Billion People Need Housing
There’s no denying that the cost of housing has increased in recent years, especially in the United States, and many people are unable to afford buying a home.
Thanks to companies like ICON, it may be possible for more people to become homeowners and it couldn’t come at a better time because there are more than 1.2 billion people in the world right now who need housing.
Seeing is believing and the company plans on putting their technology into action in 2019 by building 100 homes with their 3D printing technology in El Salvador.
How Does 3D House Printing Work?
In order to 3D print a building, however, ICON needs to create a schematic. It will then place that schematic into a computer that tells its massive printer how and where to place the cement. According to The Verge, ICON can print homes up to 800 square feet. Its first model has a living room, bedroom, and bathroom. It also features a porch.
Many industry experts say 3D printing is already revolutionizing the way products are created and will only continue to do so in the future. The printers are capable of using any number of materials—including food, cement, and others—and creating a 3D structure.
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