What’s the need?
Currently, about a billion people live without adequate shelter. By 2050, that number is expected to triple. The need for safe shelter far outpaces our current solutions for the problem.
Why are we doing this?
The challenge we face is monumental; there are more than a billion people across the globe living without safe shelter. To make a dent in that number, our ability to scale up has to change. 3D printing is faster, cheaper, and had the potential for higher quality homes than the current industry standard.
Our goal is to help power those building homes for families living without shelter — governments and non-profits alike — to do their best work. As we make these strides, it means more families around the world will have safe shelter.
How much does it cost to 3D print the home?
The finalized costs for these homes will be determined through sourcing local materials needed for the homes. The end goal is a significant decrease the cost per home.
Who is working on this project?
New Story, a non-profit working to end global homelessness, has partnered with Icon, a homebuilding robotics company, to create the world’s first 3D printed community.
How long does it take print one home?
We printed the first home in less than 48 hours. We’re aiming to get faster and faster as the technology progresses.
What are the homes made of?
The homes are made of a proprietary concrete mixture that’s 3x stronger than the industry standard concrete used for most new builds.
Are the homes eco-friendly?
Yes. The printer uses local materials and produces zero waste.