3D Printing Homes in 24 Hours is a Reality That’s Closer Than You Think

Two companies have come together to develop a way, using 3D Printing, to print a house in one day.  The project is intended to create alternative, cheap housing to meet the needs of people around the world who are inadequately sheltered.

From qz.com

You can now 3D-print a house in under a day

In the near future, building a new home may be as easy as printing out an airline boarding pass.

At South By Southwest today, New Story, a Y Combinator-backed charity that works to build houses for people in developing nations, and Icon, a robotics construction company in Austin, Texas, unveiled what is believed to be the first 3D-printed house that is fully up to code and permitted for people to inhabit.

The two organizations came together to show that it’s feasibly possible to build an easy-to-replicate house in under 24 hours. They plan to take this proof-of-concept and start producing small houses for families in countries like Haiti and El Salvador. The 800-sq-ft house cost around $10,000 to build using Icon’s proprietary Vulcan printer, but the company plans to eventually bring that price down to around $4,000. Theoretically, it could soon print one of the houses in about six hours, a representative for New Story told Quartz. But the process is still being ironed out—the house in Austin is the only one built so far.

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