A 3-D Printed Home For $4000? Home Ownership Is About To Become Much More Attainable For Everyone

Alanna Ketler–The 3 basic human needs to survive on this planet we call home are, food, water and shelter, but according to a report by the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, there are 1.2 billion people worldwide who do not have adequate housing.

On March 12th at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin Texas, startup ICON revealed it’s approach to combat this housing deficiency, by using 3D printing as a potential solution which is really quite impressive.

The company has developed a way to print a single-story 650 square foot house made from cement in about 12-24 hours, less than a day to build an entire house – isn’t technology amazing sometimes? Just consider the time it would take to construct and build that house using conventional methods, all of the measuring, cutting, planning etc. ICON is planning on constructing a community of around 100 homes for residents of El Salvador next year.

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ICON has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit organization with a focus on finding international housing solutions. According to co-founder Alexandria Lafci, “We have been building homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador and Bolivia.”

How Does It Work?

Using the Vulcan printer, the company can print an entire home for $10,000 and aims to bring that cost down to $4,000 per house. A conventional house would be much more expensive than that. The affordability of theses houses make them much more accessible to those who live in impoverished places. The model shown at the conference had a living room, bedroom, bathroom and even a porch. According to one of the companies three founders, Jason Ballard, “There are a few other companies that have printed homes and structures, but they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts. For this venture to succeed they have to be the best houses.”

Once they are finished testing the prototype and materials, they will move the Vulcan printer to El Salvador and begin constructing the community. This printer creates very minimal waste and labor costs are significantly reduced, this printer might be a revolutionary piece of technology. It is an extremely compelling solution to the worlds housing shortages.

This technology is not only an amazing solution to those who are in dire need of shelter, but it can also assist those in the developed world, those who struggle to afford their rent every month or who would never even dream of being able to own a home of their own. It is no secret that in many parts of the world owning a home is nearly impossible, when compared to the average wages. 3-D printed homes could change the world.

To have a tour of the home, click here.

4 Replies to “A 3-D Printed Home For $4000? Home Ownership Is About To Become Much More Attainable For Everyone

  1. To be honest, why on earth have an house on 300 sq. m. when you can cut it down to 1/3, what you take away regarding size, you can take it back with interior, and comfort, non of this have anything to do with size, imagination and innovation, is whats needed.
    And the power bill will be reduced as well, maintenance to.

    I know of cabins, down to 50 sq.m. whom is build according to me, modern norDick design, just as one ex. have made them better that I could imagine, and I like windows, more windows the better, I have an entire wall, made of glass, and is overlooking an fjord.
    But, I also like in between trees, and if the house have a lot of window area, you will be living more or less in the open right in the forest, I like life, some kickbacks of course, like ants, but hey, we build in their world as well, dont forget that, and blessed is those that have an small creek (this, people, like fire, is an Gate, since its an energetic transitional local element, an hole in the wall, to be more precise), I like the sound of running water.
    So, the possibility’s is endless.

    Yeah, location is everything, the rest can be dealt with,.


  2. What a load of rubbish.
    You need $1m machine to be transported to G*d knows where, supplied with electricity, water, sand and cement to build a house that does not meet the needs of the people in places that can’t support them.
    1 machine could make say 300 per year (in fact much fewer when you include moving it from site to site and providing the above).
    So it would take 1 million years for the machine to fix the problem.
    10,000 machines (at a cost of at least $10 billion) could fix the problem in 100 years, assuming that no more people needs houses.
    Even the most optimistic estimate 1.2 billion people (say 4 per household ) equals 300 million households at $4,000 per household you are talking $1.2 trillion.
    Of course $4,000 is nonsense when you factor in delivery and services, probably closer to $8,000 (or realistically $18,000). So you are looking at $2 – $3 Tr. From – for people in absolute poverty and no way out.
    Good luck with finding that.
    There are really simple solutions available at $200 – $400 but not enough profit for them to be allowed much less supported.

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