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US start-up Icon wants to use 3D-printed housing to build cheap homes for millions without shelter.

3D-printed housing that can be built in less than 24 hours has been unveiled in the US, and could be used to shelter millions in developing countries without adequate housing.

Texas-based start-up Icon is working with non-profit organisation New Story, which specialises in international housing solutions, to come up with a single-storey home that can be “printed” in cement in less than a day.

Demonstrating 3D-printed housing

The first demonstration of the design has been shown off at the SXSW convention in Austin, Texas, with plans also revealed to build a community of 100 homes in El Salvador next year.

The technology uses advanced robotics and a large 3D printer to construct simple homes in short spaces of time at massively reduced costs – less than 4,000 US dollars (£2,800), according to the company.

The final production version of the project will be able to create homes between 400 and 800 square feet in size.

Icon calls itself a construction technologies company focusing on the future of homebuilding by making advances in performance, affordability and aesthetics.

As well as looking for solutions to solve the “pandemic of homelessness in the developing world”, the firm also has its eye on bigger goals, and says it is also interested in the future difficultly of constructing “off-planet space habitats”.

Looking nearer to home

Could 3D-printed housing solve the chronic shortage of affordable homes in this country? Surely if a house can be built for less than £3,000 there is a case for using the technology not only for social housing for the homeless but also as affordable homes for first time buyers?  Let us know what you think in the comments box below.


  1. This is great. Maybe they could build them in such a way that it’s modular for 1st time buyers to build up.

  2. it would never get started, the big building firms would stop it in its tracks. the reason theirs not enough homes is profit, you make too many houses then you reach saturation point. and that’s not on the cards in this country


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