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3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid


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The three-dimensional printer extrudes pliable concrete material layer by layer to assemble homes.

Three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes are taking shape at the Community First Village affordable housing development in Austin, TX.

Credit: Regan Morton Photography

New three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes are taking shape at the Community First Village affordable housing development in Austin, TX.

Local construction technology company Icon is exploring 3D-printed residences as both housing for people on society's fringes and as a proof of concept for the technology's money- and time-saving benefits.

Icon uses an 11-foot-tall printer that churns out rippling beads of a pliable material called Lavacrete, which accumulates and solidifies into walls with curved corners.

The University of Southern California School of Architecture's Alvin Huang said the technology's real advantages are precision and customization for large-scale developments.

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