Low-priced 3D-Printed Home Will Help Overcome Housing Shortages


New Story has already built 850 units for those in need, but after teaming with Icon, they were able to lower the price of a home from $6,000 to $4,000.

Around 1.2bn people in cities across the world do not have access to affordable or secure housing, according to a report from the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. At SXSW, the organization flaunted a 3D-printed house which includes a parlor, room, washroom, and bended patio.

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

New Story is a Y Combinator-backed nonprofit that uses technology and innovative processes to build holistic communities in the developing world that include components like a school, clean water, and income opportunities.

"(ICON) believes, as do I, that 3D printing is going to be a method for all kinds of housing", New Story co-founder Alexandria Lafci said.

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.

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While this option to print your own home does not yet exist in Malaysia, you can still co-create your own home - take the Lafarge-EdgeProp MYHOME survey at www.edgeprop.my/MYHOME and tell us what your ideal home is like. "3D printing had been our on radar but it wasn't until we got connected to ICON that we felt it would be a feasible possibility". 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. One of them is Apis Cor in Russian Federation.

The company hopes to commercialize its house-printing technology in the USA in the long run, where housing shortages are reaching alarming levels in some larger cities.

With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing.

New Story explains on its website that previous year, the technology they needed to create homes quickly and cheaply wasn't available yet.

After solving the vast housing and homelessness problems that plague the Earth, Ballard hopes to use 3D printing to help humans build homes in outer space.