Offbeat

By Sophie Norris


Designers have created the first 3D printed home that can be built in just 24 hours in a move to ‘end global homelessness’.

Housing charity New Story, have teamed up with start-up ICON, to create the 800-square foot property and hope it will help provide shelter for ‘underserved communities’ around the world.

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The home, which was unveiled last week, cost just £7,200 to construct using the firm’s incredible Vulcan printer which instructs how and where to place the cement structure.

The single storey model is complete with living room, bathroom, bedroom and porch and everything is printed apart from the roof.

 

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It is estimated that one billion people live without shelter globally and New Story have embarked on the ambitious quest to end this.

One hundred families are expected to benefit from the first batch of homes within 18 months in El Salvador thanks to donations of more than $90,000 [£64,017].

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Co-founder of ICON based in Austin, Texas, Jason Ballard, said: “I am mystified by all the support and enthusiasm for what we are doing at ICON and through our partnership with New Story.

“This only reinforces that there is much change to be made to bring affordable, safe shelter to people throughout the world.”

At the age of just 25, Brett Hagler set up New Story, which has so far created hundreds of homes since its launch three years ago. It has helped to fund more than 1,000.

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Brett sees it as his responsibility to end this problem after a trip to Haiti, where he saw the slums families were forced to live in.

The company ultimately hope to reduce the cost to just £2,900 [$4,000].

Brett said: “Look at the impact cell phones had in transforming entire economies and livelihoods on the Continent.

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“Instead of waiting for profit motivation to bring construction advances to the Third World, we are fast tracking innovations like 3D homeprinting that can be a powerful tool toward ending homelessness.

“We view this printer as an opportunity to influence the sector as a whole.

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“Our hope is to learn, iterate, and then share the technology with other non-profits and governments to help everyone improve and reachfamilies faster.”

New Story has so far provided more than 850 homes for families living in slums in Haiti, El Salvador, Mexico and Bolivia, but they soon hope to3D print them instead.