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3D-Printed Tiny House by Icon Build

This is a 3D printed tiny house on a foundation built by Icon Build in 2018. According to their website, it’s actually the first permitted 3D printed home in America! Pretty cool, right?

What if you could download and print a house for half the cost?

Here is a tour of the tiny home they built using 3D-printing construction technology. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

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ICON Builds the First Permitted Tiny Home using 3D-Printing Construction Technology

3D Printed Tiny House by Icon Build

Images © Icon Build

3D Printed Tiny House by Icon Build 3D Printed Tiny House by Icon Build

Exterior of the 3D Printed Tiny House:

3D Printed Tiny House by Icon Build 3D Printed Tiny House by Icon Build

Vulcan II Printer:

Vulcan Printer - 3D Printed Tiny House by Icon Build

Images © Icon Build

With the Vulcan II printer we’ve developed the 3D printing robotics, software, and advanced materials capable of 3D printing entire communities with up to 2,000 square foot homes. Using this technology, we can print a custom home, and we can do it quicker, with less waste, and at a lower cost than traditional homebuilding methods.

Learn more: https://www.iconbuild.com/

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  • Avatar Jerry Dycus
    March 14, 2019, 5:36 pm

    I with another person could build this faster probably for less money. it’s not a fast process. And notice how rough the walls are will collect dirt and be very hard to keep clean. So you need to put facing over it increasing work, cost.
    If you want a fast, low cost home, get SIP with 3/8″ stucco faces with wood grain in brown, etc.

    • Avatar Donald M. Toth
      March 14, 2019, 6:07 pm

      I didn’t catch how long it would take to build. Does climate affect where and season of a 3D printed home? Is Central/South Central MO the right climate?

      • Avatar James D.
        March 15, 2019, 6:48 am

        @Donald M. Toth – It was printed under 24 hours and what it prints with is either concrete or a mortar mixture. But like the roof, you don’t have to use it for the entire house and it’s simple enough for a 3D printer to do things like leave a wall cavity so you can blow in insulation or leave wall penetrations for vents, etc. and not just for doors and windows.

        Though, this company is specifically using it for low cost housing and sometime this year will be deploying it in El Salvador to produce around 100 homes for a housing project there… The idea being both low cost and being able to construct homes even where normal building materials may be in short supply as a mortar mix can be made just about anywhere…

        The prototype shown is 650 Sq Ft and was done for around $10,000 but the 100 homes they’re going to make will only be $3,500 to $4,000 each and the printer can handle up to 800 Sq Ft… Though, the technology can be used to produce houses up to 2000 Sq Ft…

    • Avatar Alex Peter-Contesse
      March 14, 2019, 7:07 pm

      That’s not really the point. The first inkjet printers created very crude lettering and lines that would not be acceptable today. They were also pretty expensive, as was the ink. As to the texture, some people like a rough texture and pay others to create a very rough surface on stucco. My neighbor in California did that and he loved it. I expect this technology to improve with time.
      That said, I was a bit disappointed in the shape, basically a bunch of straight walls. With this technology, you can create shapes limited only (almost) by your imagination. Curved walls, wiggly walls, arches, spiral staircases, etc. Many of those shapes are difficult and expensive to create using traditional lumber and forms. I look forward to seeing what this can do when someone really pushes the design envelope.

    • Avatar David S Laker
      March 14, 2019, 7:37 pm

      Jerry makes several good points. I’ll 2nd the point on rough walls and add how difficult it is to build out from same. Curved walls are usually a waste of space. Running utilities through the walls is a challenge but not as much as making repairs later. Spend a few years ‘printing’ mud huts in a clearing to learn and get up to speed or print barracks as the Army suggests. Apply the technology to ‘dumb’ projects before printing a hi-rise.

  • Avatar Don Carter
    March 14, 2019, 5:45 pm

    How about insulation values and the energy codes for these homes ?

  • Avatar Geoff Fox
    March 14, 2019, 8:59 pm

    This house doesn’t appear to be insulated at all. I imagine square corners are possible, but this is not something to ‘download and print’ by the look of the machine that actually does the printing. Not all site are nice and level and easy to set up on like this. Low cost one level tract housing is about the only place for something like this. All the electrical appears to be surface mounted in conduit as well.

    • Avatar James D.
      March 15, 2019, 6:29 am

      Leveling is usually part of building process, especially if you’re going to put down a slab foundation… Virtually no ground comes naturally level… So, by the time there’s a foundation for this to build on top of it would already be level…

      Anyway, this is actual meant to be easily transported by truck and used in developing nations for quick and low cost housing…

      It basically 3D prints mortar that can be sourced pretty much anywhere and this prototype was done in less than 24 hours and only for $10,000… They plan on deploying in El Salvador this year, the prototype was made last year, to make 100 homes and at that number the cost drops to $3,500 to $4,000 each and it can handle up to 800 Sq Ft with this prototype being 650 Sq Ft…

  • Avatar Karen Blackburn
    March 15, 2019, 6:02 am

    Would make far more sense to me to start by building an estate or village or similar of small huts/houses for the homeless or those whose present houses are falling down around them in slum areas. After the techniques are perfected then go on for more elaborate dwellings. If its so cheap and fast then move it to somewhere like California where insulation isn’t such a problem and build a few communities for the homeless or slum dwellers.

  • March 18, 2019, 9:41 am

    I”d like more information on how to be involved in the El Salvador project. Are they asking for volunteers for the trip? Or is this strictly a private event? I renovate houses in Atlanta presently but would like to be involved in this. Who can I contact?
    [email protected]

  • Avatar Terry
    March 21, 2019, 6:39 pm

    I don’t see any wood/steel structural supports. How stable is this building?

    • Avatar James D.
      March 24, 2019, 11:11 pm

      It’s basically a concrete structure that was 3D printed one layer at a time… So pretty strong and depending on the mixture and design can be made to handle hurricanes and up to over 8.0 Richter scale earthquake.

      Though, this company is focused on making it more affordable and more easily used with locally sourced materials. So they’re not pushing the limits of the technology but it should still be stronger than an equivalent structure constructed from cinder blocks and it had to be able to meet the requirements for a permitted structure…

    May 28, 2019, 5:59 pm

    Is there a direct email for ICONBUILD? on the website there is only a form to fill out to get more information. Also does anybody know if this company has a whatsapp number where they can be reached. I ma located in Ecuador, and see this as an attractive way to build inexpensive housing for low income people.

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