Can you imagine moving in a home that costs $10,000 and was 3D printed in 24 hours?
That may be possible soon with this new technology from ICON's Vulcan 3D Printer.
The Future Is (Almost) Here...
Earlier this year, a housing nonprofit based in San Francisco called New Story teamed up with ICON, a construction-technology company that designs and builds 3D printers including the aforementioned Vulcan unveiled what they called "the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America". The 350 square foot home has a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and a small office area and it took just 48 hours to build, Business Insider reports.
What's more curious is that the Vulcan printer was only running at 25% speed when the team built the prototype house, which means that they could potentially build a 600- to 800-square-foot home in just 24 hours and it could cost $4,000 or less. And that holds amazing possibilities for homes in developing countries and low income areas!
It's Only A Test For Now...But There's A Lot Of Potential
The first test run was held in Austin, Texas, but the partner companies plan to produce their first string of homes next year in El Salvador. The country's frequent earthquakes, rough terrain and frequent floods have made construction complicated, to say the least.
From there, ICON and New Story hope to start providing safer homes to some of the 1.3 billion people living in slums around the world.
Would you live in one of these unique homes?