ICON showed off a method for constructing a 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours. The latest organization to adopt 3D printing into its humanitarian efforts is New Story. The industrial-sized printer can create houses for $10,000 but is aiming to decrease that price to just $4,000. The use of cement as a common material will help normalize the process for potential tenants that question the sturdiness of the structure. If all goes according to plan, the companies are hoping to make about 100 homes for residents in El Salvador next year.
"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 added.
After construction, the charity will follow up with the community, using what they call "impact data", which measures the impact of a home on education, well-being, income and community building.
3D printed houses, according to him, is one of the more promising technologies for creating habitats in the future.
"We need a quantum leap in affordability, speed and quality to reach families exponentially faster", New Story wrote on its website. The roof is the only part that is not 3D-printed.
The homes now cost £7,200 ($10,000) to construct and take up to 24 hours to build, but for the production version this cost should be reduced to around £2,900 ($4,000).
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In order to 3D print a building, however, ICON needs to create a schematic. 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. But they are printed in a warehouse, or they look like Yoda huts.
'For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses. That's not all, the company is also already looking past El Salvador and the United States into space. The company claims that "It's much cheaper than the typical American home".
As we've seen in cases both inside and outside of the construction sector, 3D printing offers many benefits other than just being very quick.
The portable printer is created to function with near zero-waste and to work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages in underserved communities throughout the world.
Like other creating nations, Pakistan has likewise observed an ascent of demo models of 3D-imprinting on a little scale.