Construction of houses using 3D printing is no longer a matter of individual experiments and is gradually reaching the industrial level. One such project is nearing completion in Austin, Texas, where construction firm Icon has begun construction of the first “printed” homes at a cost of $ 450,000.
As a reminder, Icon implemented its first project in Mexico as part of a program for the construction of affordable housing. In contrast, houses under construction in the United States are designed for wealthier owners.
The main feature of such houses is that the first floor is built using 3D printing technology using a special construction printer Icon Vulcan. But the second floor is being erected by the usual method on the basis of a wooden frame (the main method of building individual housing in the United States – ed. By Techcult).
The area of internal premises, depending on the project, ranges from 92 to 185 sq. meters. Interior creator Claire Zinnecker presented a modern, simple interior that reflects local traditions, featuring natural wood and metal and tile elements. The layout of the house includes large verandas, four bathrooms, and energy efficient HVAC systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).
Work is in full swing and the team hopes the first tenants will start moving into new homes this summer.