Shelter from the storm

An af­ford­able 3D-printed house for those who need homes.

HWM (Singapore) - - Contents - By Alvin Soon

There are mil­lions of peo­ple in the world today who live without ad­e­quate hous­ing. New Story, a hous­ing char­ity, has part­nered with ICON, a con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pany, to nd a so­lu­tion for these peo­ple.

This 350-square-foot house is the re­sult of their col­lab­o­ra­tion. A gantry-style prin­ter, called the Vul­can I, printed the house in 48 hours. It cost around US$10,000. New Story and ICON are work­ing on the Vul­can II, with a goal to print houses that are around 600 to 800 square feet each, and to print one in less than 24 hours at US$4,000.

The Vul­can prin­ter fully prints on-site and doesn’t need dif­fer­ent pieces to be as­sem­bled to­gether (the roof, win­dows, doors, and elec­tri­cal/plumb­ing are nished separately). The Vul­can prints us­ing con­crete, which is re­silient and has a high ther­mal mass.

New Story and ICON plan to bring this tech­nol­ogy to de­vel­op­ing na­tions to solve hous­ing short­ages cheaply and quickly. The rst stop on their list is the Repub­lic El Sal­vador.

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