A Texas-based company is using 3D printing technology to find a solution to the growing problem of affordable housing around the world.
The company has partnered with housing solutions nonprofit New Story.
The cost: Right now, a house built using the firm's Vulcan 3-D printer costs $10,000.
3D-printing offers several advantages over traditional building methods, ICON co-founder Jason Ballard said in a statement: "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". In comparison, some Americans have chosen to downsize into "tiny homes" which can cost almost $40,000 and are only between 200 and 400-square-feet in size.
According to a report from the World Resources Institute's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, around 1.2 billion people live without adequate housing throughout the world.
Together, ICON and New Story are 3D printing homes using a cement mixture.
Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale. However, the technology for suspending concrete as it prints is not feasible yet. The first family could move into their 3D-printed house in the second or third quarter of 2019. 3D printing is already revolutionizing the way products are created and will continue to do so in the future, according to experts.
Despite the fact that the hardware utilized as a part of 3D-printing is very exorbitant, notwithstanding, the materials can be cheap.