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This 3D Printed Small Concrete House Costs Just $10000

This 3D Printed Small Concrete House Costs Just $10000

ICON is building this affordable house using low-priced 3D printing technology.

"Conventional construction methods have many baked-in drawbacks and problems that we've taken for granted for so long that we forgot how to imagine any alternative", says Jason Ballard, co-founder of ICON.

Currently, it costs $10,000 to 3D print a home with the Vulcan 3D printer.

Partnering with housing solutions nonprofit New Story, the Texas builders are hoping to achieve their vision of creating sustainable, "quality homes accessible to everyone". New Story's goal for this project is to print the first community of homes for underserved families in El Salvador in the coming 18 months, and then through partnerships, scale up production to serve additional communities over the next few years.

ICON has introduced a new method of producing homes with a massive 3D printer. 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.




Around 1.2 billion people globally live without adequate housing, according to the World Resources Institute's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The Vulcan functions much like other 3D printers used in construction and extrudes mortar out of a nozzle in a pre-programmed pattern, slowly building up layers until a basic house structure is formed. The printer gives out a custom blend of concrete that hardens as it's printed.

Incredible houses printed from cement could help to end the global housing crisis, according to the company behind their creation.

ICON would also like to develop robots in the future that could automatically install the windows, as well drones that could spray-paint the exterior walls.

There are other groups which are working on printing houses. The roof is the only part that is not 3D-printed. One of them is Apis Cor in Russian Federation. ICON is one of the first new businesses to launch from the Saturn Five startup studio, based in Austin, TX.

Even though the machinery used in 3D-printing is quite costly, however, the materials can be cheap. It is hoped that in terms of housing, the cheap construction could start a trend for affordable housing.


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