The structure’s sizes are an average of 600 to 800 square feet, but the printer is capable of building walls of varied dimensions. The model home also includes a porch and separate bathroom, two features that are part of the plan for the habitats built abroad.
The current goal for New Story and Icon is to build an entire community of these homes in El Salvador, and by 2019, 100 houses will be available for families to move into. The organization has been helping to build homes in Haiti, Bolivia, and El Salvador with the help of donors, but these 3D houses are the first of their kind.
Working with a company like Icon – who also has a socially conscious slant – will allow New Story to expand their efforts into other places where housing is a challenge, and that includes right here in the US. In addition to their test project for NASA, it is possible that Icon will be working projects in America next.
Fortunately, Icon has raised $9 million in venture capital funding to go towards addressing the world’s housing crisis and their partnership with New Story is a wonderful start. The company’s CEO stated:
“It’s our mission at Icon to re-imagine the approach to homebuilding and construction and make affordable, dignified housing available to everyone throughout the world.”
Icon is already working on another Vulcan design to be able to keep up with 3D printing housing needs. For those who want to donate to New Story for the homebuilding projects around the world, check out their website.
This video will give you an idea of what is to come for thousands – possibly millions – of people who lack adequate shelter around the world. Built from strong materials in a short of amount of time for a fraction of the cost of a new home, we say it’s a win.