Press Kit

3D Community Overview
  • New Story unveils first details for their 3D-printed community for impoverished families.
  • 3D Printing Technologies Set to Transform Global Homelessness with 600-800 Square Foot Homes.
  • New Story is a non-profit focused on providing safe homes for families living in inadequate housing around the globe. To date, they have built more than 1500 homes for families in Haiti, El Salvador, Mexico, and Bolivia.
  • To provide higher quality homes and impact more families faster at a lower cost New Story is partnering with ICON to create the first 3D printed community – providing safe homes for those who need them most.
  • The printer, dubbed The Vulcan II, was developed with ICON, a construction technologies company based in Austin, Texas, and has successfully printed permitted 3D homes, built to US housing standards, in Austin, Texas.
  • Last year, ICON and New Story unveiled the first permitted 3D printed home. Since then, the groups have been working on updates to the technology before taking the technology to print a complete community.
  • In the future, New Story plans to open this breakthrough technology to other nonprofits and governments around the world that are focused on providing safe shelter for underserved families.
Company Backgrounds

New Story Overview

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 just three years, has funded more than 1300 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


ICON Overview

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


How big is the need for better housing in the areas where New Story is building?

133 Million people live in slums in Latin America. Globally, 1.3 billion people live in slums. That’s 14% of the world population and growing. New Story is focused on impacting those 1.3 billion in slums by providing safe housing.


What are the circumstances of the communities and families that New Story is helping?

New Story works with families who live without one of the most basic needs – safe shelter. The majority of families live on less than $2 per day. Additionally, in the countries of work (Haiti, El Salvador, Bolivia and Mexico) families have no support system to fall back on. “Homeless shelters” and similar services, for the most part, do not exist in countries where so many are faced with these issues.


How long are the 3D printed houses expected to last?

The printed homes are expected to last as long or longer than standard Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) built homes. The homes are built to the International Building Code (IBC) structural code standard.


What type of maintenance will the houses require? What is the estimated cost of maintenance and is this covered by the families or New Story?

Families who receive a home through New Story’s program own the home and maintain it on their own. Homes are purposefully simple without unnecessary items to reduce maintenance costs.


You currently partner with local workers and use locally sourced materials. How does building with a 3D printer change that? Will jobs performed by local workers be eliminated?

New Story currently provides approximately 4 jobs per home using traditional construction. It is currently estimated that the printer will reduce the number of jobs but local labor will still be required for aspects of communities. Since the mix has relatively easy to find constituent parts, local procurement is expected to be feasible.


What feedstock does the 3D printer use? Will you need to import it?

The printer uses a proprietary small-aggregate cementitious material (also known as a mortar). Since the mix has relatively easy to find constituent parts, local procurement is expected to be feasible.


What is the roll-out plan for this technology? Will all New Story homes be built using 3D printing?

New Story and ICON will be taking the printer to the field this year to begin a community in Latin America.  Cost, quality, and efficiency, once the printer is in country, will determine the roll-out plans for 2020 and beyond.


When will the first family move into a 3d printed home?

The printer is projected to break ground on the first community this summer and families will begin to move-in after printing, seismic, and safety tests are completed.


What are the challenges of 3D printing in less than ideal conditions?

These printers are designed to work under the constraints common places like Haiti and rural El Salvador where power can be unpredictable, potable water is not a guarantee, and technical assistance is sparse. Building the printer to not rely on these items was crucial to bet on the reliability of the printer in the field.


There are others who are working on 3D printing homes. What are the particular strengths of this technology?

  • Safety & durability: The printer currently operates in Austin, TX, a city with some of the world’s toughest building codes. Safety, durability, and specifications have been focus of New Story & ICON since day one.
  • Underserved population focused: These printers are designed to work under the constraints common places like Haiti and rural El Salvador where power can be unpredictable, potable water is not a guarantee, and technical assistance is sparse. Simply put, it’s designed for the developing world and to tackle housing shortages instead of building with profit motivation.
  • Flexibility: The printer is the largest in the world. With an axis set upon a track, the printer has a theoretically unlimited print area.

New Story Press Contact

Sarah Lee, Chief Brand Officer | 678-458-8920



New Story Quotes

“We feel it’s our responsibility to challenge traditional methods. Linear methods will never reach the billion+ people who need safe homes. Challenging our assumptions, iterating based on data, and taking calculated risks on innovative ideas will allow us to reach more families with the best possible solutions, exponentially faster.” – Brett Hagler, CEO, New Story


“We view this printer as a catalytic R&D project that has the opportunity to influence the sector as a whole. Our hope is to learn, iterate, and then share the technology with other nonprofits and governments to help everyone improve and reach families faster.” – Brett Hagler, CEO, New Story


“Our private group of donors, who we call The Builders, invest directly into our operational and R&D expenses. This allows us to take calculated risks, like a 3D printer, without diluting our promise to general donors.” – Brett Hagler, CEO, New Story


“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 3D home printing that can be a powerful tool toward ending homelessness.” – Alexandria Lafci, COO, New Story


“Innovation requires risk that many governments and NGOs don’t have the ability (or motivation) to take. Thankfully our donors understand that we cannot solve the world’s biggest problems without innovation and consequently, an appetite for calculated risk.” – Alexandria Lafci, COO, New Story


“Imagine if we could slash the cost and time it takes to build a home while improving quality and customization. This 3D home printer has that potential. Change is an open source pursuit so we are not building this technology for New Story, we are building it for the world. Our goal is to power our sector, every government and organization building homes for the poor, to do their best work.” – Alexandria Lafci, COO, New Story


ICON Quotes

“Conventional construction methods have many baked-in drawbacks and problems that we’ve taken for granted for so long that we forgot how to imagine any alternative.”
– Jason Ballard, Co-founder, ICON

“With 3D printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high thermal mass, and near zero-waste, but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability. This isn’t 10% better, it’s 10 times better.”
– Jason Ballard, Co-founder, ICON


Partner Quotes

Sotheby’s International Reality is a partner of New Story and this 3D printer launch.

“We made the decision to partner with New Story because we agree that the home is the epicenter of your life. New Story’s desire for continued innovation to drive change is remarkable. The launch of the 3D printer will make a huge impact in their mission to provide homes for families in the developing world and we are proud to be aligned with them on this venture.”—Lindsey Scharf, Director PR & Communications Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

“We are incredibly proud to help advance New Story’s mission to transform people’s lives by providing the foundation of life, a home. Their innovative approach to not only building homes but entire communities has already made an incredible difference for so many people and with their introduction of a 3D printer, they will be able to streamline the process like nobody has ever done before.” John Passerini, Global VP Interactive Marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC


Printer & home detail shots

New Story Community Images

 General Images  – Photographer name & caption on title of each image.

General video – New Story footage of our communities built through traditional building methods.