September 12, 2019
Austin company ICON, the brains behind the first 3D-printed house, is putting that technology to use on behalf of the city’s homeless population. Specifically, ICON is partnering with Austin nonprofit Mobile Loaves and Fishes to develop micro homes for the latter’s 27-acre Community First! Village at 9301 Hog Eye Rd. The Vulcan II printer will be used to create the houses.
The construction technologies company already printed a close to 500-square-foot welcome center, commissioned by Cielo Property Group. ICON indicated that printing the building took less than 27 hours over the course of several days. Cielo is also paying for the Vulcan II to build out homes — six are on tap to be developed in fall 2019. Mobile Loaves & Fishes is planning an eventual buildout of 110 printed micro homes.
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