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3D Home Printing For The Developing World
We have worked with our partner, ICON, to build a 3D printer specifically for the developing world and have successfully printed the first home. This innovation will mean:
● $4,000 for one home
● 12-24 hours to print the home
● Better quality for families
One billion people live without a basic human need: shelter. Linear improvements will never reach this market. We need a quantum leap in affordability, speed, and quality to reach families exponentially faster.
The World’s First 3D Printed Community.
Our goal is to print homes in El Salvador in 2018 and finish the first 3D printed community of homes in 2019. Then democratize the technology to other non-profits and governments to scale around the world.
We are seeking funding partners for both Phase II of R&D for the printer and to fund the first 3D printed community in the world.
3D Home Printer
A year ago, the technology we needed didn’t exist. That’s when we began working with ICON to create a solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem. The exciting result is “the Vulcan,” a 3D Home Printer designed to print a home for less than $4,000 in less than 24 hours.
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.
Steady, linear improvements will never reach the total addressable market of families in need.
We believe R&D and product innovation is essential with a problem of this magnitude. We have to take big swings with forward-thinking technology to achieve a quantum leap in speed, affordability, and quality.
Our goal is to help power anyone building homes for the poor — 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 and can better actualize their potential.
How much does it cost to 3D print the home?
It will cost approximately $4,000 to 3D print one home.
How long does it take print one home?
Within 24 hours the 3D printed home can be built!
Can I donate a 3D Home?
Can I talk to someone before donating?
Yes, we’d love to tell you more, please contact us for any questions.
How much does it cost to fund one 3D printed home?
It costs $4,000 to 3D print one home. The first homes will be built in El Salvador.
How do I donate and fund a 3D home?
Each 3D printed home costs $4,000. 100% of your donation will go directly to buying materials and hiring local workers. Donate $4,000 now.
Fund the Next Phase of the 3D Printer
Turning this vision into a reality begins now.
Imagine transforming tents and shacks into a community of safe, beautiful homes, in the world’s most underserved places. Now, imagine it took half the money and a fraction of the time it typically takes to make those homes.
Here’s the even bigger picture: imagine other nonprofits and governments all over the world able to deploy this same technology so they too can scale up their impact. The results? Millions of families now in possession of one of the most basic human needs: shelter.
We believe in this future, and we’re determined to make it a reality.
Are you raising money to fund the next phase of the 3D printer?
Yes! You can fund the next phase of R&D and help bring this innovation to the field. If you’d like to join us as a partner in innovation (investments begin at $25,000) let us know.
What will the next phase of R&D include?
First, we have to raise $600,000 from Founding Innovation Partners.
This funding will enable us to complete the development of the Printer in preparation for creating the very first community of printed homes in El Salvador. This will serve as an exemplar community, moving us into Phase III: scaling 3D home printed communities throughout the developing world.
Deploying the $600k will include:
● Engineering improvements to the printer and software development
● Rigorous testing (seismic testing, structural housing codes, and more)
● Transporting the printer from Austin, TX to El Salvador
● On-site training for locals, and testing/optimizing on-site prints
About New Story
What is New Story?
New Story is a non-profit working to create a world where no human lives in survival mode by providing one of life’s most basic needs – shelter. The organization currently works in Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia and, in less than four years, has funded more than 1600 homes for families in need. 850+ of those homes have been built and families have moved in. Their 100% model ensures that every penny of each donation goes to build homes while organization overhead and R&D is covered by private donors such as Y Combinator, prominent venture capitalists, and other leading executives. The current $6,500 homes are built to last for generations and each donation is paired directly with a family so donors can see their impact. See more at https://newstorycharity.org.
Who do you partner with to build homes?
All of our local partners must meet the following criteria:
+ Third party validation from U.S. 501c3 partners.
+ Relationships with local governments and the ability to secure land.
+ Has previously built homes that can withstand natural disasters common to the region.
+ History working with the recipient community.
+ Team with the capacity to meet content and execution standards.
+ Commitment to local labor, local materials, and our 100% promise.
Who is ICON?
ICON is a construction technologies company dedicated to revolutionizing homebuilding. Through their proprietary 3D printing technology and cutting-edge materials, ICON provides sustainable solutions to a number of our world’s most pressing issues, including the pandemic of homelessness in the developing world, the difficulty of constructing off-planet space habitats, and the exorbitant cost of customized housing. ICON has recently built the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America in partnership with the non-profit New Story, and is working with them to create a mobile printer for the developing world that has the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than $4000. As a part of that effort, ICON has developed cutting-edge materials tested to the most recognized standards of safety, comfort and resiliency and is designed to function with nearly zero waste production methods and work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages. For more information, visit https://iconbuild.com/ or follow on Instagram and Twitter