The idea of 3D printing a home isn’t a new one, but this is the very first time that one has been Permitted and printed in the US. The 3D printed house is around 800 square feet and was constructed in Austin, Texas at a cost of just $4,000 and was completed in less than a day.
The house is just an example of what ICON, the developer of the mobile 3D printer called the Vulcan, is planning to do in their first full community, which is set to go up in rural El Salvador. As the technology has improved, we are beginning to look at a whole new way of constructing homes. Time, labor, waste, and cost are all being drastically cut, while customization, efficiency, and the ability for people to buy homes who were previously priced out of the market can now be the focus.