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USA's first 3D-printed homes hit the market for $450k

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The 3D-printed homes are nearing completion and are expected to be ready for the first buyers to start moving in this summer (Northern Hemisphere)
The 3D-printed homes are nearing completion and are expected to be ready for the first buyers to start moving in this summer (Northern Hemisphere)
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The 3D-printed homes were designed by Logan Architecture
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The 3D-printed homes were designed by Logan Architecture
The 3D-printed homes come in several different shapes and styles
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The 3D-printed homes come in several different shapes and styles
The 3D-printed homes' interiors will measure 1,000 - 2,000 sq ft (92 - 185 sq m)
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The 3D-printed homes' interiors will measure 1,000 - 2,000 sq ft (92 - 185 sq m)
The 3D-printed homes are nearing completion and are expected to be ready for the first buyers to start moving in this summer (Northern Hemisphere)
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The 3D-printed homes are nearing completion and are expected to be ready for the first buyers to start moving in this summer (Northern Hemisphere)
The 3D-printed homes are being created in multiple sizes and styles, with up to four bedrooms and bathrooms
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The 3D-printed homes are being created in multiple sizes and styles, with up to four bedrooms and bathrooms
The 3D-printed homes are being created by Icon's Vulcan 3D printer, which has been used on a number of 3D architecture projects
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The 3D-printed homes are being created by Icon's Vulcan 3D printer, which has been used on a number of 3D architecture projects
Structurally, the 3D-printed ho
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Structurally, the homes consist of a 3D-printed first floor and an upper floor made using traditional construction methods
The 3D-printed neighborhood is located in Austin, Texas
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The 3D-printed neighborhood is located in Austin, Texas
The 3D-printed homes are expected to fetch somewhere around US$450,000 each
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The 3D-printed homes are expected to fetch somewhere around US$450,000 each
Each home took between five and seven days to 3D print
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Each home took between five and seven days to 3D print
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3D-printed architecture moves from niche hobbyist proposition to serious housing solution with a groundbreaking new project that's nearing completion in Austin, Texas. Hailed by 3D printing firm Icon as the USA's first 3D-printed homes, they are now available for purchase for a starting price of around US$450,000 each.

Icon, which recently welcomed investment from high-profile firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is creating the project in collaboration with Kansas City developer 3Strands, and the homes were designed by Logan Architecture. The project consists of a development of multiple different homes, ranging from two to four bedrooms.

Icon has already undertaken a housing project in Mexico of course, but the Texan development is quite different. Whereas the Mexican houses were conceived as affordable housing, these new homes are clearly geared more towards wealthier types. Additionally, they feature a hybrid construction: the first floor of the homes is 3D-printed using Icon's Vulcan printer via the usual method of extruding a cement-like mixture in layers and building up the structure, then adding doors and windows, etc. However, the second floor is constructed using traditional methods and includes a timber frame, so they're not wholly 3D-printed. This is in contrast to Kamp C's experimental house, which involved 3D printing both floors.

Each home took between five and seven days to 3D print
Each home took between five and seven days to 3D print

"The one-of-a-kind homes designed by Logan Architecture for developer, 3Strands, are the latest homebuilding project using Icon's Vulcan construction system to deliver sustainable, resilient and beautiful housing," says Icon's press release.

"The first floor of these highly energy efficient homes were 3D printed using Icon's advanced material that is stronger and longer-lasting than traditional building materials. 3D printing technology provides safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand fire, flood, wind and other natural disasters better than conventionally built homes and that can be built in a matter of weeks. To date, Icon has delivered two dozen 3D-printed homes across central Texas and in Mexico and this marks the first mainstream housing project for the startup."

Structurally, the 3D-printed ho
Structurally, the homes consist of a 3D-printed first floor and an upper floor made using traditional construction methods

The interiors of the homes measure 1,000 - 2,000 sq ft (92 - 185 sq m). Designer Claire Zinnecker is handling the interior decor and sought to create a modern interior with a simple material palette of natural woods, metal finishes and tiles that reflects local trends. They also feature large covered front porches, open concept floor plans, and up to four bathrooms, as well as high-performance HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems.

Work is still ongoing and the team expects it to be finished and ready for the first buyers to start moving in "this summer" (Northern Hemisphere). If you'd like to snag one for yourself, hit the official website.

Source: Icon

Update March 11, 2021: Though Icon is staking the claim for the first 3D-printed homes to go on sale in the US, an eagle-eyed reader has pointed out that the first 3D-printed house offered for sale in the US (from the construction arm of S-Squared 3D Printers) was actually listed toward the end of January this year.

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7 comments
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These can be described at best as being partially 3D printed.
Douglas Rogers
Looks exactly like an upscale basement!
paul314
Even allowing for formwork, that seems longer than a traditional concrete pour (in which you can also embed conduit, windows and so forth.
Derek Howe
Were in the early years, but a couple decades from now, I bet this tech dominates the industry.
Brian M

Not exactly a cost saving - but maybe at least the walls will be straight!
WB
Seems a solution looking for a problem
PlanetPapi
I don't see cost saving here. Icon printed houses under 10K in the past in Austin. Sure they were much smaller than these. Still 450K for that house doesn't exite me. The idea of 3D printed houses are to be cheaper and faster. In this case it was faster but definitely not cheaper.