Global homelessness continues to be a massive, growing issue. In fact, there are more than one billion people living without safe shelter across the world. There are few adequate, long-term solutions for people facing homelessness. But this new innovation in house construction could be the answer to this problem.
Non-profit organization New Story and construction technologies company ICON have teamed up to create 3D printed homes. They have developed a 3D printer that can successfully print an entire home in just 24 hours. Constructing the entire home costs approximately $4,000, and can provide safe, sustainable shelter to people facing homelessness, specifically those in developing countries.
The first home is currently standing in Austin, Texas, and the first set of 3D printed homes are being built this year in El Salvador, with more builds scheduled in the future. The organizations also employ local workers to help build the houses, which goes to further benefit these people’s economic situations. The New Story website explains, “Our goal is to help power anyone building homes for the poor — governments and non-profits alike — to do their best work. As we make these strides, it means more families around the world will have safe shelter and can better actualize their potential.”
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