America’s first 3D-printed homes-for-sale have been put on the market in Austin, Texas. They were developed by Kansas City real estate company 3Strands, designed by Logan Architecture and built using the Vulcan technology pioneered by local 3D printing specialist Icon.
Jason Ballard, Icon’s chief executive, commented in a press release: "There is an extreme lack of housing that has left us with problems around supply, sustainability, resiliency, affordability and design options.
"We anticipate more high-velocity progress in the years ahead to help bring housing and construction into the modern world and in line with humanity’s highest hopes."
According to the statement, the houses can be built faster than traditional homes, and are also more energy efficient, stronger and fire resistant.
Buyers can choose between four two-to-four bedroom houses. Features include open floor plans, bespoke interior design, vaulted master bedrooms and an interior design palette that uses woods, metal finishes and earthy tiles.Â
Gary O’Dell, 3Strands’ chief executive, said: "Icon has delivered better homes at a better value across a variety of cost-centres than conventional construction, including materials, time to market, and labour.
"The East 17th St residences represent the future of homebuilding for the mass market and illustrate what is possible with this technology."
To date, Icon has built about 24 homes in Texas and Mexico, but this marks its first mainstream housing project.
The first buyers will be able to move into their homes this summer.
Images courtesy of Icon/Logan Architecture/3Strands/Fort Structures
As a now retired Member of the CIOB I have to say that I am delighted to see the progress being made in this direction. It has been a long time since I saw a demonstration of this technology so well done and best wishes.
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