Austin (Texas) could be home to the largest neighborhood of 3D printed houses in the world. There would be a hundred houses built using this innovative technique that saves time and resources.
The American company Icon will be in charge of this project. The company is one of the main references in this sector and achieved notoriety by 3D printing homes in less than 24 hours.
For this new project he has partnered with Lennar, one of the leading home builders in the United States.
The two companies have referred to this new work in a statement where they explained that 3D printing can overcome some of the main problems in the construction sector, such as a shortage of labor and a lack of materials.
Bjarke Ingels Group has been in charge of the design of the homes, although plans and some details such as the number of rooms that each home will have are not yet known.
It is known that each one will have a single floor and that there will be solar panels on the roof that will provide clean energy to residents.
At the moment, the exact place in Austin where this neighborhood will be built has not been specified either.
The project considers the use of printers with two large columns that cover the entire width of each of the one hundred houses that will give life to the neighborhood, which will be moved by two side rails.
The central part will move perpendicularly to draw the structure of the walls of the houses.
The material to be used will be a special cement mix that will adopt a laminated design characteristic of 3D prints.
Meanwhile, the second part of the project will require human labor to install the roof, the windows, the doors, as well as other dependencies.
Construction will begin in 2022 and it is estimated that the value of each of the houses will reach half a million dollars.