Protection, food and water may seem basic human needs, but in fact, about 1.2 billion people still live today without sustainable housing, reports World Resources Institute .
Technology and development are moving at a furious pace and it has a company named ICON chosen to take care of. The company has come up with a way to combat the lack of sustainable homes by using effective 3D printing solutions.
ICON has come up with a method of printing a house of about 650 square meters of cement, the cool thing is that it only took between 12 and 24 hours!
The plan that the company has set is to build a community with about 100 homes for residents in El Salvador next year. Apart from this, the company will be building some home items. Some of the items can be built by anyone at home provided they have a good printer and use it on the best 3D printer table.
ICON has helped and initiated a collaboration with New Story, an ideal company focused on international housing solutions.
“We have built homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador and Bolivia,” says Alexandria Lafci, founder of New Story.
The first house is a step towards providing protection to those who need it most. Jason Ballard, one of ICON’s three founders, says he will try to use the house as an office to experience its practical use.
With the help of the Vulcan printer, ICON can print an entire home for $ 83,000 and plans to reduce costs to 33,000 kr per house .
When ICON completes its tests and adjustments of the model, the company will move the Vulcan 3D printer to El Salvador and start printing. ICON also says that this 3D print house will create friendly little waste and that labor costs will be reduced. ICON plans to build houses in the United States in the future.
The company is convinced that 3D printing will be a commonly used method for all types of housing. Their visions already look beyond the global housing crises and extend to thinking about societies that one day will be outside the world.
“One of the biggest challenges is how we can create habitats in space,” concludes Ballard