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3D Printed Homes for the Homeless

An Austin-based startup company called ICON has developed a method for printing a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours.

Their plan is to build a community made up of about 100 homes for residents in El Salvador by next year. The company has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit that is vested in international housing solutions. “We have been building homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia,” Alexandria Lafci, co-founder of New Story, tells The Verge.

Using the Vulcan printer, ICON can print an entire home for only $10,000. Their plan is to try to get costs down to $4,000 per house. “It’s much cheaper than the typical American home,” Ballard says. The printer is capable of printing a home that is up to 800 square feet and the company plans to use the printers to eventually build homes in the US.

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