Currently, it costs $10,000 to 3D print a home with the Vulcan 3D printer.
There are countless people across the globe without adequate housing and despite all of the efforts being made by governments and non-profits, there's still a long way to go before housing can be secured for those in dire need of it. ICON, a startup based in Austin, demonstrated a low-priced 3D-printed home that's being presented as a potential solution to this global problem.
Affordable housing will prove critical to sheltering people around the world. And ICON hopes that eventually, it can bring the cost of homes down to $4,000.
The printer itself can be transported from location to location using a truck, and is estimated to have the capacity to print up to 1,000 houses.
Rendering of 3D-printing houses using the Vulcan 3D printer. ICON is focused on creating homes in parts of the world that don't have the economic wherewithal to house the poverty-stricken.More news: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders for future production deals
Once ICON completes the process of design tweaking and material testing, it will transport the Vulcan printer to El Salvador to start with the actual building process.
Jason Ballard, one of ICON's three founders says, "One of the big challenges is how are we going to create habitats in space", "You're not going to open a two by four and open screws".
While the company's main objective is to help reverse the global housing crisis, it also plans to build community-wide buy-in through the creation of manufacturing jobs that utilize local labor in those impoverished areas. The printer gives out a custom blend of concrete that hardens as it's printed. 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.
A wooden roof, windows, plumbing and wiring was installed by human engineers shortly after printing, but robots could be programmed to fit windows automatically in the future, Quartz reported. Within the office, the construction tech company plans to install air quality monitors and keep an eye on how the 3D printed structure looks and smells.
Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale. In homes, at the moment small 3D printers can be used to create toys for children.