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3-D-Printed Tiny House Builds Within 24 Hours For About US$4,000
By Yoon Sann Wong, 13 Mar 2018
San Francisco housing charity New Story has partnered with construction technology company ICON to design a 3-D printer that creates homes efficiently and economically. The idea is to provide homes in regions that lack the resources to shelter its citizens-in-need.
New Story recently debuted its 350-square-foot, 3-D-printed housing prototype in Austin, Texas. New Story reveals that with this technology, it can create one 3-D-printed home per day at around US$4,000 in cost price.
Compared to traditional methods, which enable New Story to construct about 100 units over eight months at around US$6,000 per structure, this solution means greater affordability, efficiency and sustainability. The charity aims to bring these fast constructions to countries such as El Salvador, Bolivia, Haiti, and Mexico.
To add, complex and expensive designs such as curved walls become more approachable and accessible with 3-D printing. ICON’s co-founder Jason Ballard explained that through this technology, building a house in the silhouette of the Fibonacci spiral becomes as easy as printing a square.
New Story intends to bring the printer to El Salvador next, where the charity aims to build its initial community of 3-D-printed houses later this year.
[via Inhabitat, video via New Story, main image via video screenshot]
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