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Austin company 3D prints house on site to help alleviate homelessness

Austin company 3D prints house on site to help alleviate homelessness

Written by David

April 1, 2019

The Chicon House, printed by ICON in collaboration with housing nonprofit New Story, was unveiled this March during SXSW in Austin. (

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Courtesy ICON) “What if you could download and print a house for half the cost?” reads the lede for the Vulcan II, a 3D printer with a name suited for sci-fi space exploration, on the website of Austin-based company ICON . Now the company has put this claim to the test, building what it says is the first permitted 3D-printed home in the United States, unveiled during SXSW.

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Using its original Vulcan gantry-style 3D printer, the firm collaborated with global housing nonprofit New Story to build a 650-square-foot home, which features separate bedroom, living, bathroom, and kitchen areas. The home, called the Chicon House, was printed in under 24 hours and while this test cost around $10,000, the firm estimates that future single-story homes, which could be […]

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