3D Printer Homes For The Homeless

One of the biggest pieces of news that came out of South by Southwest (SXSW) this week was that ICON, a very progressive design and construction company, has partnered with New Story, a San Francisco non-profit, to use 3D printers to manufacture inexpensive homes for the homeless. The 800 square-foot homes will be built in 24 hours for $5,000 each.

SXSW is an annual tech and music show in Austin. The homes are being designed to work under constraints such as limited water, power, or labor.

There are one billion homeless people around the world.

The first areas being targeted are Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia.

Please watch the video to see how all this will get done.

Next step! They will develop robots that can help install windows, doors, stairs, closets, and lights.

Let’s hope this effort gets funded for a long time.

5 thoughts on “3D Printer Homes For The Homeless

  1. The concept of 3D printing is still not fully adopted, and certainly the applications are a long way from being fully utilized. BUT this is such a good news story! I wrote a blog article about this a few months ago, and was astounded about the potential of 3D! Thank you, Lois!

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