ICON continues to make its mark in the construction 3D printing industry. The construction technology company announced this week that it is partnering with Lennar and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to create the largest community of 3D printed homes to date. They will make the community of 100 homes in Austin, Texas, and plan to begin construction in early 2022. The announcement follows a number of plans not just from ICON, but many other companies in the industry as 3D construction printing has grown rapidly. during the year 2021.
3D printing has certainly exploded in the construction industry over the past year or so. ICON itself has carried out several projects (both on Earth and in space), including its first multi-unit project in Texas and the sale of its first 3D printed house in the United States. Even if they are not the only ones. In the United States alone, this year saw a first 3D printed building in Florida, an affordable 3D printed home made by Habitat for Humanity in Arizona, and the Mighty Building neighborhood of 3D printed, energy efficient homes. net zero. As house prices skyrocket and labor shortages continue, 3D printing has grown as it is seen as a way to deal with the growing housing crisis around the world.
The 3D printed community
In this specific case, the community is the result of the deepening relationship between Lennar, an American leader in home construction, and Icon. In fact, Lennar was one of the investors in ICON’s recent $ 207 million fundraising round. Companies hope that through 3D printing, they will be able to produce resilient and energy efficient homes in a way that is both faster and cheaper than traditional methods. In the press release, they said they will use ICON’s Vulcan system which can provide homes and structures built to the structural code standard of the International Building Code (IBC) and which are both stronger. and more durable. They particularly note the importance of technology as a means of building resilient homes that are more resistant to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters.
The collaboration also includes the famous architectural firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, which will co-design the structures. They aim to create “a diverse collection of contemporary living spaces, with a variety of distinctive spatial concepts.” 3D printing will also be instrumental in the design as they hope to modernize the aesthetic of a suburban home with the hallmarks of a 3D printed home, such as curved walls. While not mentioned, it seems likely that they will also unveil the finished community of 100 homes next year.
ICON CEO Ballard concluded, “ICON exists in response to the global housing crisis and to put our technology to work for the world. Construction-scale 3D printing not only provides better homes faster and more affordably, but printer fleets can change the way entire communities are built for the better. The United States is facing a shortfall of around 5 million new homes, so it is imperative to quickly increase supply without compromising on quality, beauty or sustainability and that is exactly the strength of our technology. It is an honor and a milestone for ICON to partner with Lennar, a leading elite home builder committed to innovation. We believe this will be a watershed moment in the history of community development and that the future will break through in the present. ” You can read more about the project in the press release HERE.
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