3D-Printed Home Can Be Constructed For Under $4,000

A home like this can be built in less than 24 hours at a cost of only $4,000. The secret? 3D printing. And they could help families living in poverty and unsafe conditions. New Story, a housing charity organization, and ICON, a construction tech company, have partnered together. Their goal is to end global homelessness. 

Alexandria Lafci: So having strong, sturdy walls, having a door that we can close at night — it’s something that we take for granted. Being able to lock our door and be safe. For many of these families, for years, sometimes even a lifetime, they don’t have that opportunity to have a safe shelter. So when they move into a New Story community, when they move into a safe home, families lives are transformed.

An entire community of these 3D printed homes will be constructed in El Salvador. The ultimate goal is to get costs down to $4,000 per house with a build time of fewer than 24 hours. 

This prototype house was built in Austin, TX. The home measures 650 square feet. Mortar was printed layer by layer. Human workers installed windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems. Here’s what’s inside: A living room. Small office space. One bedroom. One bathroom. ICON staff will use the home as an office to test the durability.

Evan Loomis: Our first product is a 3D printer that can print a house in 24 hours for half the cost. Phase one for News Story and for ICON is a proof of concept house and the good news is we’ve done it. We printed the first home in the United States that’s going to be permitted and for us, this is just the beginning. The real kind of home run for us is to be able to do what we’ve done here in Austin, Texas in the developing world and we’re doing that in what we call phase two which is in El Salvador. We are going to be printing an entire village for people that don’t have homes.

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  1. This is not much cheaper than concrete blocks -which are basically stone legos. A 20ft by 40 foot space would take about 1800 blocks at 1.25 each or $2,200 for 1,800 8 inch by 8 inch by 16 inch concrete blocks. (This is blocks only.) If you add some re-rod and concrete to the walls you get a very stable structure.

  2. We have homeless people right here in the USA that need a safe secure home. I'd like to see the numbers on this to show fully the cost. If it true let's start considering how being this effective in our own markets could change millions of lives.

  3. 3d printing basically saves you labour but in most of the countries where such housing would be needed have extremely inexpensive labour plus the here's always the labour of those in need of housing. Would not technologies that take advantage of locally available materials and or the provisions of building materials not otherwise readily acceptable be a better approach? Maybe something like a compressed earth building brick machine that can be manually operated by human labour alone… Don't get me wrong, I like the 3d printed technology but it's really for the developed world where labour is expensive so don't make the claim that it's for the developing nations.

  4. That's great, but we need them HERE as well! Too many people are homeless in this country because housing prices, including rents, are too darn high for most people, especially low-wage workers. And before anyone starts on the "well, get a better job" shtick, you should be able to afford the basics with even the minimum wage. And although it's a wonderful idea, I have one question – where's the kitchen?

  5. there is an actual better idea for this tech apartments a system of tunneling under ground and building a building layer by layer going down and around while making a sturdy structure and with the ground we could make sound proof rooms with everything from power to security soundproof and a security camera on every floor watching the entrance to your room energy from kilopower better mass produce tower farms and from spacex elon musk hyperloop point it down a space elevator a first pice to utilize kilopower while being out of a danger zone

  6. They don't build these in the USA, because with the smallest malfunction, people will cry and sue. Even if the house is free, that's what the USA has become

  7. Oh that's great……American technology……………………………..

    for El Salvador. Why cant we use this to build cheap homes here first the move down south to different countries?

  8. This video is fake news. You can't build that for $4,000 dollars. That's the cost of the wood and concrete slab is that alone. Then you have to consider the zoning costs, building permits, etc, etc, etc. This house costs closer to $50,000 dollars. And not all countries would even let you come into their country to build these for the poor. Also, you have to pay to get new pipes put in to supply water to the house so you can run sinks, toilets, showers. You'll also need electricity lines put in. These aren't cheap. Especially if they're nowhere near established lines for either. Living out in the country would cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars just to bring in water and electricity.

    And all this is under the assumption that it doesn't include labour costs. Because I'm assuming these people will travel do it for free or government tax write offs of something.

  9. It’s robotic wall building, everything else needs to be installed by hand. I would think the same walls for that size home could be built of cinder blocks in the same amount of time for the same cost.

  10. So instead of tents and tin houses. We now will have concrete little houses everywhere in the slum. Guess who is going to clean them out when the land needs to be developed?

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