Using massive 3D printers, a construction startup is building a housing community in southeastern Mexico, a community that could help prove the viability of technology to create solid housing for people living in poverty.
Icon, a 3D printing specialist, has already completed 10 homes in the community outside of Nacajuca in Tabasco, with its Vulcan II printer on site, according to the New York Times.
The project is a partnership with World Housing in Vancouver, New Story in San Francisco and Échale in Mexico.
Residents are expected to move into the 500 square foot homes in the coming months. Carpenter Pedro García Hernández and his family are moving into a unit of a house and workshop with dirt floors vulnerable to flooding, according to the report.
The new home will bring stability to his family, he said.
The community will eventually include 500 homes, 100 of which will be 3D printed.
Icon is emerging from a Series B fundraiser in August that attracted $ 207 million in investment. The cycle was led by Norwest Venture Partners.
Icon is working on a handful of other projects, including a proof of concept community in Austin. There, Icon built six 400-square-foot homes in the 51-acre Community First Village, as well as a visitor center. Icon is also working on space projects with NASA.
[NYT] – Denis lynch