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Could 3D-Printed Homes Help Affordable Housing?

Some organizations believe 3D building could ramp up affordable housing across the globe – and it could do so quickly with a new home build taking only 24 hours.

NEW YORK – The evolving capabilities of 3D printing may help the housing industry respond to the affordable-home crisis. Some organizations now believe the process could be the answer to ramping up affordable housing across the globe. And it could do so quickly – you can print a home in just 24 hours.

Icon, a construction tech startup in Austin and a housing nonprofit called New Story unveiled their first two 3D-printed homes constructed for low-income families in Tabasco, Mexico. The 500-square-foot homes were printed in just 24 hours.

The 3D printer uses a cement-based material to create textured walls with curved edges. The homes feature two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom.

The Tabasco community will serve as a prototype for the potential of using 3D printing to respond to affordable housing shortages. Eventually, the community is to include 50 3D-printed homes for low-income residents.

Source: “These 3D-Printed Homes Will House Low-Income Families,” Curbed.com (Dec. 11, 2019)

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