ICON has unveiled the Vulcan 3D printer at SXSW Festival, a manufacturing solution that could eventually provide homeless or struggling families with a roof over their heads. The charity's mission is to place people without adequate housing into a proper shelter, taking them away from the throes of "survival mode".
While Icon and New Story are by no means the first to 3D print a building, the group claims their homes are the first to meet government standards for living in. ICON is focused on creating homes in parts of the world that don't have the economic wherewithal to house the poverty-stricken. The company hopes to lower the price of a home sized between 600 and 800 square foot from $10,000 to around $4,000. Both organization now aim to build a community of 100 homes in El Salvador next year using the Vulcan printer.More news: University staff reject union deal on pensions
Chinese company WinSun and San Francisco's Aptis Cor are among the leaders in the field, with the latter 3D printing a 400 square foot house in Russian Federation last week using a mobile printer. 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. All being well, it is hoped that people will actually be living in the 3D-printed homes by late 2019.
There are other groups which are working on printing houses. A few Pakistani new companies and business visionaries have led the pack on presenting 3D-printed innovation in different scenes at the nation over. 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.
Recently some Americans also have chosen to downsize into smaller homes but these also cost almost $40,000 and are only between 200 and 400-square-feet in size.More news: Bears to sign Super Bowl hero Trey Burton
3D-printing has become more accessible all around the globe, however, the of adoption of any large-scale utilization of 3D-printing technology is still a challenge.
In the meantime, if you'd like to join the effort to eliminate homelessness on Planet Earth, you can donate to the cause on the New Story website.More news: Exact Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS)