A united Nations Global Survey carried out in 2005 estimated that 100 million people were homeless worldwide. A similar study made by Habitat, in 2015 warned that as many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing.
A young US robotics company is trying to tackle this issue. Soon building a new home will be no harder than printing a pamphlet.
A company in Austin Texas called ICON and a not for profit charity have teamed up to create the first 3d printed home which abides by housing standards and norms.
Unveiled on the 12th March 2018, New Story and Icon ‘printed’ the first sample house in Austin , Texas , using the VULCAN printer in about 12 hours. The first house printed was a 650 square foot house with building materials which costed less than $10,000. Long term the firm hopes to be able to bring down costs of printing homes to less than $4,000
The technology could have important uses in developing nations where it could help address , housing problem needs and offering safe, affordable housing to millions.
“It took a long time for mobile devices to penetrate Africa because companies focused on more lucrative markets. But look at the impact cell phones had in transforming entire economies and livelihoods on the continent. Instead of waiting for profit motivation to bring construction advances to the Global South, we are fast-tracking innovations like 3-D home printing that can be a powerful tool toward ending homelessness,” said Alexandria Lafci, a co-founder and head of operations for New Story. Speaking to Black Enterprise.
Now the teams at ICON and Newstory hope to begin test printing new houses in El Salvador.