Start-up to build entire 3D printed neighbourhood

Date:6 January 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

Start-up, New Story is working with two Mexican construction companies to bring 3-D printed houses to a community in the Mexican state of Tabasco.

According to the World Economic Forum, in a country well-known for its heavy rainfall those living in makeshift housing are the worst affected.

Now, 50 of the poorest families will be given brand-new 3-D printed homes, which will provide them with amenities they need and protect them from the inclement weather.

“I can’t wait to have bedrooms where my family can sleep more comfortably and more protected from the cold and the mosquitoes. If it rains, I know it’s not going to make our floors muddy; that is how my home is now,” said Isela, mother of two, future 3D printed home resident.

The homes will be 46.45 square meters and take 24 hours of print time across several days by Mexican company ICON with feature final construction build out by ÉCHALE. The homes have been designed in co-operation with families in the area and feature two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom.

Since the area faces significant infrastructure and natural disaster constraints, the homes have been designed with these factors in mind.

“Resting within a seismic zone, the community and its homes were engineered above the standard safety requirements including robust foundations to ensure the homes will last for generations,” said New Story in a statement.

The 3-D printer itself, the first of its kind called Vulcan II, was also designed to work under constraints such as intermittent power and floods.

Two of the homes have already been printed, with the 50 families selected on a needs basis.

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