This cheap 3D-printed home is a start for the 1 billion who lack shelter
Printed by Vulcans on planet Earth
By Tamara Warren @tamaratam Mar 12, 2018, 8:39am EDT
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Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing, according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Today at SXSW, an Austin-based startup will unveil its approach to combat that deficiency by using low-cost 3D printing as a potential solution.
ICON has developed a method for printing a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours, a fraction of the time it takes for new construction. If all goes according to plan, a community made up of about 100 homes will be constructed for residents in El Salvador next year. The company has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit that is vested in international housing solutions. “We have been building homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia,” Alexandria Lafci, co-founder of New Story, tells The Verge.
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This has to be a great breakthrough for humanity.
While the price is still “too high” for the poor, it might be low enough to start the improvement process. And, we know that “evil capitalism” will drive down the cost if the Gooferment doesn’t interfere (i.e., computers versus telephones).
Maybe in the foreseeable future, it can be $40 rather than $4,000?
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