3D Printed Homes
Lean Participatory Design

How can we build innovative housing to meet a growing need?

How do we ensure long term success in our communities?

How can we track the impact of our work?

We build and share innovative housing breakthroughs with everyone working to end global homelessness.

We invest in researching and designing innovative breakthroughs for the housing sector. Everything we build, we test in our communities — and share with others working to end global homelessness.

The challenge we face is massive. Over a billion people are in need of homes, and the number grows year by year. To find a solution, we have to do more than simply continue building. We have to build better, faster, and more affordably than ever before. If you’re a homebuilder interested in bringing our innovative housing tools to your work, contact us to learn more.

3D Printed Homes

24 hours

to print

What's the story?

Two years ago, we sat around a table and kicked around some really big ideas. We knew traditional homebuilding would never meet the need for shelter, with more and more people living unhoused every year.

With some careful goal setting and tenacious vision, that conversation led to a partnership with a construction technology company called ICON. Together, we developed the first 3D printer designed to print homes where they’re needed most. The first version of the printer, Vulcan 1, was unveiled at South by Southwest in Austin, TX, in March 2018. In 2019, a modified and improved version, Vulcan 2, will print the world’s first 3D printed community.

Why is New Story doing this?

The need for homes is too great to continue building traditionally. 3D printing allows us to make exponential leaps in affordability and speed, while maintaining quality and safety.

Building a home traditionally takes about 3 weeks and costs $7,000, when done as efficiently as possible. The Vulcan makes it possible to reduce both time and costs associated with building. This innovative housing is as safe, if not safer, than traditional-style homes and — in our opinion — look a lot cooler.

How can I get involved?

Thanks for asking! There are a few ways you can be involved in this exciting work.

If you’re part of a homebuilding organization and are interested in implementing 3D printing in your work, we’d love to talk with you. If you’re interested in funding our innovation research and design process, so we can develop more breakthroughs like this, reach out to us. If you’re interested in funding a 3D printed community, with donations beginning at $25,000, let us know.

Are there other innovations?

Yes! We’re excited to share our entire Housing Innovation Toolkit with any organizations who would like to pilot the tools in their work.

In addition to the 3D printer for homes, we’ve also built a course designed to equip organizations to build more collaborative communities, as well as an easy-to-use app for gathering data. Scroll down to learn more about our Participatory Design course as well as our Felix app. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out.

Lean Participatory Design

A better way to design communities

We believe inclusive design is the key to successful innovative housing communities. Asking families for their input before we build has become the most critical part of our building process.

Designing with their input in mind not only creates the most empathetic solution, it also makes our work smarter and more efficient — increasing the likelihood that our communities will thrive. To make this process easy to learn, we built a simple course designed to help any organization, anywhere, learn how to bring inclusive design to their work.


A simpler survey software.

Gathering data from the field can be challenging. In our experience, there were no simple, affordable tools to help us learn about the families in our communities — so we built one.

Our survey software is designed to be simple, but effective, with a user-friendly interface, endless customization options, and functionality with or without internet connectivity.

Interested in bringing any of these innovative housing tools to your work?