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Texas-based construction company ICON has listed its first 3D printed homes on the market, starting at around $450,000.
Working with developer 3Strands, ICON used its Vulcan 3D printers to construct 4 multi-story buildings in East Austin, featuring north-facing windows, open floor plans and bespoke interiors. The additively manufactured homes, which now form part of an innovative new neighborhood called East 17th Street, mark ICON’s 24th construction project, and its first to enter the mainstream market.
The East 17th Street Residences will be multi-story, with two to four bedrooms and are expected to range in size from 1000-2000 square feet. Located in the fast-growing East Austin neighborhood, the buildings will have amenities like front porches, extensive front yards, covered parking, open concept floor plans, high performance HVAC systems and more.
ICON’s capabilities really revolve around its Vulcan 3D printer, which is designed to produce single-story buildings, affordably, quickly, and with total design freedom. With an adjustable width and print capacity of 2,000 sq. feet, the system is compatible with multiple slab sizes, allowing you to construct homes in a variety of layouts.
Given that the Vulcan can also be transported and deployed without needing assembly, ICON has been able to use it for low-cost housing around the world. Back in 2018, the company worked with non-profit partner New Story to fabricate a $4,000 350-square foot house in Texas, as an early proof-of-concept for investors.
Since then, ICON has built new capabilities for its printer by creating groups of buildings, including houses for the homeless in Latin America, and the “world’s first 3D printed community.” They also build vertical structures, developing huge ‘vehicle hide structures’ for the U.S. Marines Corps, and it’s even been contracted by NASA to produce a system for 3D printing on the moon.
That’s right, they’re printing ROCKET PADS for the MOON — called the Lunar PAD, short for Lunar Plume Alleviation Device, it’s a 20 foot diameter structure just under 2 feet tall. The carefully outlined central cone, channel dividers, and exit vents help disperse a rocket’s exhaust upward and outward, minimizing the amount of dust lofted around during launch and landing on the lunar surface
Very, very cool stuff from ICON as usual, another great company to keep an eye on! Be sure to subscribe for the upcoming news and material videos, and hit that like button if you enjoy this content!
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