ICON Uses 3D Printing Technology


Houses that shelter wind and rain are the basic components of a modern city, and building affordable housing is vital for people all over the world. At this year’s Southwestern South (SXSW) Conference, ICON, a Texas startup company in the United States, announced the use of a large-scale 3D printer “building” project, which is expected to significantly reduce the time and money spent on building a house.

According to ICON, through this kind of 3D printing cement, an 18-pyeong (650-square-foot) bungalow can be built in about one day, while the construction cost can be reduced to only 10,000 US dollars (about 30 TWD). Million). However, ICON is still unsatisfied with this price, and they hope to eventually reduce construction costs to US$4,000 (about NT$12,000).

The Verge report pointed out that the ultimate goal of ICON is to provide cheap alternatives to nearly 1.2 billion people in the world without shelter. They are currently working with non-profit organization New Story, initially aiming to build a community of 100 houses in El Salvador.

The Vulcan 3D printer used by ICON can print nearly 22 pings (800 square feet) of buildings. The first model currently built has living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and porches. Co-founder Jason Ballard stated that he knows that other companies also have While printing houses and structures, most of them are only carried out in warehouses, and some even look like “Yoda’s hut.”

“The reason why ICON uses cement as a common material is to help potential tenants solve their doubts about the robustness of the structure. I think that if we use plastic printing, we may encounter some problems.” Once ICON completes material testing and adjusts its design, The 3D printer will be moved to El Salvador to begin construction. Considering such houses can reduce waste and greatly reduce labor costs, they expect to build homes in the United States in the future, or even begin to consider the construction needs of the future when they leave the earth.

“One of the biggest challenges is how to build habitat in space. You don’t want to use ordinary wood building materials or screws. This will be one of the more promising potential technologies.”

source : www.theverge.com

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