ICON is a company founded by people who believe the traditional way of building homes is obsolete. The company has created a unique 3D printer (see video below) that can create an entire home in about 24 hours using its patented Lavacrete material. The first ICON home was permitted and built in Austin, Texas two years ago. Now the company, in cooperation with local nonprofit Mobil Loaves & Fishes, is building an entire community for homeless people in the Austin area. Known as Community First! Village, it features a cluster of 400 square foot one bedroom homes made with the company’s second generation Vulcan II 3D printer. “Stagnancy in home building has not kept up with demand and population growth. This has contributed to a growing housing crisis,” the company says on its website. “Traditional home building methods are inefficient and wasteful. These critical problems have driven costs up past the point of affordability for the average person. High costs also mean providing adequate shelter in developing countries can be nearly impossible.” Image credit: ICON The printer is designed to work under the constraints that are common in places like Haiti and rural El Salvador where power can be […]

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