We’ve already seen a 3D printer construct a house. Now we can watch one build a whole neighborhood.
On Thursday, housing nonprofit New Story shared a video that shows how it plans to build what it calls the “world’s first 3D-printed community” — a futuristic application of 3D-printing technology that could bring affordable housing to the places that need it most.
If You Pipe It
The video depicts Vulcan II — a 33-by-11-foot 3D printer developed in collaboration with New Story’s technology partner, ICON — piping what appears to be concrete into place to create the frame of a small house — a process that the nonprofit claims the machine can complete in less than a day.
The video then speeds up to show the printer creating a row of the dwellings before providing a tour of a home’s interior, which appears airy and bright.
Tech For Good
The video may be just a rendering, but the project it depicts is very real — New Story plans to build a 3D-printed neighborhood of more than 50 houses in Latin America this summer.
Each home will cost just $7,000, and only families earning less than $200 per month will be eligible to buy them.
“We’re bringing very futuristic technology to the families that need it most first,” New Story CEO Brett Hagler told Fast Company.