A host of challenges and issues face homebuilding globally, from the pandemic of homelessness, to the increasingly inaccessible cost of home ownership in America and abroad, to fundamental issues of sustainability, resilience, and building performance of conventional construction methods. ICON set out to find sustainable solutions to these problems by applying advancements in robotics, software, and materials to usher in a new era of construction.
As ICON’s early-stage partner, argo led an investigation of early concept viability and product strategy for the development of a 3D-printed home. Through design explorations and concepts, we examined how the product could feasibly be designed and operated, with considerations for the logistics of transportation and deployment. And we investigated variations on product design that included different crane-based, gantry, and mobile solutions, to identify the best path forward.
At SXSW 2018, ICON and partner New Story created and revealed the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America. Taking into account all of the learnings from the concept viability and exploration phase, the two companies successfully demonstrated proof-of-concept, printing a 350-square-foot home in about 48 hours of total printing time, at a cost of $10,000.
ICON’s next milestone goal is to cut printing time and cost in half by 2019.
ICON is rethinking how entire communities are built and revolutionizing homebuilding.
Laura Lorek, Writer, SiliconHills
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