3D Printed House For $4,000 In Less Than 24 Hours, First In US

Posted by on August 26, 2019 in Economy, Loans and Frugal Living with 1 Comment

By Heather Callaghan | Natural Blaze

America has a “first” to be truly proud of. The first permitted 3D printed house in the U.S. was just completed in Austin, Texas in less than 24 hours and costs less than $4,000.

Not only is this amazing feat turning heads everywhere, but it’s also causing everyone to ask “What now?” Especially in the housing industry, I’m sure. But perhaps a better question would be – “What can’t we do now?”

GNN reports:

The stylish house was created by ICON, an innovative construction company, and New Story, a charity dedicated to providing shelter for families in the developing world.

After the successful establishment of the home in Austin, the organizations are now working towards building a whole community of the 3D-printed homes in rural El Salvador or Haiti.

Each home costs roughly $4,000 to create, with a small amount of additional human labor. All the sources for the building are locally-sourced and made from the mortar. Additionally, each home takes only about 12 to 24 hours to make.

ICON co-founder Jason Ballard said:

With 3D-printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high thermal mass, and near zero-waste, but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability. This isn’t 10 percent better, it’s 10 times better.

The home is 650 square feet and “3D printed out of concrete in under 24 hours using a mobile printer, at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas,” Treehugger reports.

Photos courtesy of Treehugger:


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    The only thing that is printed is the walls, look closely and you’ll see the electrical is attached to the inside of the walls with conduit and the boxes are sticking outside the walls. I would assume it would also apply to the plumbing. The roof is then attached to the walls and some of the electrical is bare wire in the “attic” space for lighting. The base cost is for the walls only, there will be added cost for the roof, doors and windows, cabinets, fixtures, flooring, lighting, hvac, electrical and plumbing. These are the most expensive part of the house! So the cheap exterior and interior walls are only a fraction of the cost. I would estimate the final cost of the house to be about 5 times what they claim. and that doesn’t include the cost of the land, hooking up to utilities, site prep or equipment mob and de-mob. This whole article is like saying you can buy a car for 1,000.00 dollars – – – of course that doesn’t include the motor, tires, suspension or interior. What a joke, I would like to see the real logistics of the complete house!!

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