A robotics construction company in Austin, Texas, just unveiled the world’s first, totally livable, 3D-printed home, and it’s pretty adorable!
The house, which was revealed at the South by Southwest conference in the US, measures 800 square feet and currently costs about $10,000 USD to print. But the company hopes to get that number down to under $5,000. Since the plan is to introduce the building model in countries like Haiti and El Salvador, where much of the population is without adequate housing, affordability is the top priority.
The futuristic construction company, ICON, teamed up with New Story, a San Fransico-based non-profit organization dedicated to solving international housing issues, to develop the Vulcan printer, which is capable of putting together the floor and four walls of these small abodes in approximately 100 stacked, one-inch strands of concrete. And it can all be accomplished in around six hours. That is, so long as the printer doesn’t jam.
The inside is modest, but completely cozy and livable. There’s a bedroom, a small study area, a washroom, a living room as well as a wrap-around patio outside.
After the the printing phase was completed, the New Story team installed electrical wiring, plumbing, a wooden roof and windows. From start to finish, the entire process took less than a day. And ICON is hopeful that it’ll be able to develop robots capable of installing windows, and drones to paint the exterior walls in the near future.
It’s a pretty spectacular feat, and a testament to the capabilities of 3D-printing technology. Is this the future of housing in developing countries? Based on this first house, it definitely has potential.