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14 March 2018, 12:02 | Cesar Cruz
The strength of the printed walls are said to be stronger than cinderblocks after a few days of hardening, but the house is entirely habitable after it's been set up.
The properties, which are now at the concept stage, will soon be used to provide safe shelter for people in El Salvador and could one day be expanded worldwide to house billions. ICON and New Story worked in close partnership with several other organizations to develop the Vulcan printer including Pump Studios, Yaskawa Electric, Alchemy Builders, TreeHouse, Andrew Logan Architecture, Linestar Automation and The University of Texas.
They could also offer a viable option for the construction of off-world colonies on planets like Mars in the near future, the firm says. Using ICON's Vulcan 3D printer, the collaborative effort aims to 3D print 650-square-foot homes that are affordable and sustainable.
A report from the World Resources Institute estimated that 1.2 billion people now live in cities without affordable or secure housing. New Story said "as long or longer than standard Concrete Masonry Unit built homes".
'And while recent decades have brought major advances in personal technology, construction practices remain relatively unchanged since the 1950s.
The firm has teamed up with New Story, a nonprofit that invests in global housing, and plans to build around 100 new homes in El Salvador within the next 18 months. The company says the process takes just 12 to 24 hours.
Icon first creates a schematic, which is then fed into a computer that instructs the printer how and where to place the cement.
ICON has built a model at SXSW that features a living room, bedroom, bathroom and curved porch.
With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing. However, ICON thinks that its structure is the first printed house that's been considered habitable by a local government.
The process is created to minimise labour costs and waste materials.
More than just New Story using the technology to reach more families, the hope is that this catalytic R&D project that will influence the sector as a whole. Icon will also use the proof-of-concept house as its own office to get a better feel for how it performs.
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