Further into the future, the team aims to raise funding and build its 3D-printed homes in El Salvador in the next 18 months. "With 3D printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high thermal mass, and near zero-waste, but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability". The current $6,500 homes are built to last for generations and each donation is paired directly with a family so donors can see their impact.
The non-profit organization is now working with ICON, an Austin, Texas-based construction tech company. ICON plans to use the technology to build a 100-home community in El Salvador next year. They've found a way to 3D-print 600 to 800-square-foot houses for $4,000 in under one day - and they recently unveiled "the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America". Eventually, ICON hopes to reduce this construction cost to just $4,000.
New Story utilizes locally sourced materials for dwellings today, and they plan to do the same with 3D-printed houses, which will be comprised of a mortar.
'For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses. One of its founders, Jason Ballard, will be testing out the home by living in it. The strength of the printed walls are said to be stronger than cinderblocks after a few days of hardening, but the house is entirely habitable after it's been set up.
Since these structures need to be sturdy and hospitable, the companies aren't taking any risks and will be refining the process right up until they take it over to El Salvador.
"We set out researching new and unique models to get homes faster & cheaper without sacrificing quality". Although 3-D printing has been used in building fabrication before, printing on-site using a universally available building material is a new step. You're not going to open a two by four and open screws. Through their proprietary 3D printing technology and cutting-edge materials, ICON provides sustainable solutions to a number of our world's most pressing issues, including the pandemic of homelessness in the developing world, the difficulty of constructing off-planet space habitats, and the exorbitant cost of customized housing.