It might sound too good to be true, but Austin-based startup ICON unveiled its method for printing single-story 650-square foot houses in less than 24 hours at South by Southwest this week.
Better yet, they've partnered with nonprofit charity New Story to bring the technology to impoverished areas across Latin America.
“We have been building homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia,” Alexandria Lafci, co-founder of New Story, told The Verge.
Each home is constructed out of concrete and is comprised of a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a curved porch.
The current cost of each is an ultra-cheap $10,000, but Lafci believes the price will eventually be brought down to just $4,000, potentially around the time ICON begins printing houses stateside.
The Verge has further details:
It’s capable of printing a home that’s 800 square feet, a significantly bigger structure than properties pushed by the tiny home movement, which top out at about 400 square feet.
The company also intends to build homes in the US
“(ICON) believes, as do I, that 3D printing is going to be a method for all kinds of housing,” Lafci said.
Hey, you can't beat the price.
h/t: Bro Bible